Uganda: Museveni wins Presidential election, gets 6th term in office

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President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has won the Presidential election, securing a 6th term in office as president of the east African country.

He won 58.6.% of the vote while his nearest rival Robert Kyagulanyi, known as Bobi Wine, took 34.8%.

The result was announced by the Uganda Electoral Commission.

Mr Wine, a former pop star, earlier vowed to provide evidence of fraud. The Electoral Commission denies there was vote-rigging in Thursday’s poll.

According to the BBC, poll monitors have criticised the government closure of internet access.

They said this undermined confidence. Mr Wine said he would provide evidence of fraud once the internet was restored.

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Museveni, 76, who has been in power since 1986, said he represented stability in the country.

“The electoral commission declares Yoweri Museveni… elected President of the Republic of Uganda,” election commission chairman Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama said on Saturday.

He said turnout was 57% of the almost 18 million registered voters.

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