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Runner-up Besigye arrested again after Uganda election

By Ed Adamczyk Follow @adamczyk_ed Contact the Author   |   Feb. 22, 2016 at 7:59 AM

KAMPALA , Uganda, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- After losing Uganda's presidential election last week, challenger Kizza Besigye was arrested for the fourth time Monday before he could organize a protest march in the capital city of Kampala.

Besigye, 59, who was detained by police multiple times last week, dismissed Thursday's election as fraudulent. The election was beset by multiple delays at some polling stations and long lines.

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Besigye lost to incumbent Yoweri Museveni, who seized power in 1986 and has regularly been re-elected since. Last week's election results gave Museveni 61 percent of the national vote compared to 35 percent for Besigye, a former prime minister.

Besigye was taken from his home in a police van Saturday. Police also took him away from his political party headquarters Thursday before firing tear gas into the building.

Although he planned a peaceful protest march Monday, he had not yet returned from police custody.

"Preventative measures have been taken against Dr. Besigye and he is in safe hands," Kampala police commander Siraje Bakaleke said. "We got intelligence that Besigye and some people were mobilizing others to come and cause havoc in Kampala, and that is unacceptable. We cannot have business at a standstill and we are trying to prevent that."

Museveni, 71, is credited with restoring stability to Uganda during his 30-year rule but has increasingly been accused of authoritarianism.

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