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Museveni declared winner despite opposition’s claim of fraud

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Opposition leader Kizza Besigye is disuputing Uganda's election result.

By Great Lakes Voice and agencies.

KAMPALA – President Yoweri Museveni has been declared the winner of Friday’s election, extending his 25 years in power.  Museveni finished with 68% of the vote, with challenger Kizza Besigye receiving 26%.  Besigye however, is refusing to accept the results, claiming the election was tainted with fraud.

Earlier, Mr. Besigye had threatened to call street protests if he felt that the election process was not free and fair.  He has accused the governing party of bribing voters with state funds, a practice that was widely observed.

Aside from a few minor clashes, the election proceedings were fairly peaceful.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, before the final results were announced, Mr. Besigye said that he would consult his allies to discuss the next move.

“It’s already very clear there were widespread malpractices in the electoral process,” he said.

“It is now clear the will of the people cannot be expressed through the electoral process in this kind of corrupt and repressive political environment.”

Mr. Besigye was standing against Mr. Museveni for the third time.

The two men were allies in the guerrilla war which brought the latter to power in 1986, but they later fell out.

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  1. shadrack lewa

    March 1, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Yes,the opposition parties in Uganda should understand the charege of the people and unity by supporting one candidate if they real what to win.

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