facebook
twitter
search
search

Uganda: Somali government needs time

June 3, 2011 at 5:09 PM

KAMPALA, Uganda, June 3 (UPI) -- President Yoweri Museveni says Uganda will withdraw its troops from Somalia unless the interim government is given another year before elections.

Museveni argued Thursday at an international conference in Kampala, Uganda, that holding an election this year will only give the al-Shabaab militants a chance to reorganize, the BBC reported. The militants would be able to "cause problems and undermine the battlefield gains so far obtained," he said.

Uganda and Burundi have supplied the African Union troops supporting the U.N.-backed interim government. About 5,000 members of the Amisom force are from Uganda.

Interim Somali President Sharif Sheik Ahmed also called for a delay in elections. His government's mandate is scheduled to expire Aug. 20.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Ted Cruz campaign pulls ad featuring softcore porn actress
Report: Clinton Foundation subpoenaed by State Dept. watchdog over charity projects
Ruby Rose, Gigi Hadid react to Kanye West's lyric about Taylor Swift
Kristen Wiig impersonates Peyton Manning on 'The Tonight Show'
NYC police officer found guilty of manslaughter in Brooklyn stairway shooting