Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni elected to fifth term

By Daniel Uria   |   Feb. 20, 2016 at 11:08 AM
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KAMPALA, Uganda, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Uganda's election commission announced incumbent Yoweri Museveni was the winner of the country's 2016 presidential election.

Museveni, 71, won 60.7 percent of the vote and will serve his fifth consecutive term as president since his rebel group gained government control in 1986.

Museveni's closest competitor, Kizza Besigye, recieved 35.3 percent of the vote, but was placed under house arrest for violating electoral laws by planning to publish his own unofficial election results.

The election commission reported a 63 percent voter turnout, despite violence and allegations of fraud including social media site and messaging apps being blocked.

"Voters actively participated in the campaign events and expressed a remarkable determination while waiting for the long hours on the election day to cast their ballots," European Union Chief Observer Eduard Kukan said. "However, the [governing] National Resistance Movement's domination of the political landscape distorted the fairness of the campaign."

Besigye has run opposite Museveni every election since 2001 after working as his personal doctor and serving as a minister in his Cabinet.

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