Yoweri Museveni of Uganda won a sixth term in office, extending his 35-year rule after an election that took place under heavy security and an internet blackout that his main rival claimed was marred by fraud and abuse.
One of Africa’s longest serving leaders, the 76-year-old king, who took power in 1986, has been accused of crushing the opposition and the media ahead of one of the most violent election campaigns in recent years.
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With 58.6 percent of the votes, Museveni won, seeing off a stiff struggle from former ragga singer Bobi Wine, 38, whose turn to politics fired up a youthful populace under the age of three-quarters.
Wine was under heavy guard at his home on the outskirts of Kampala as results were announced, with his party saying he was under “effective house arrest”, while the government said it was merely providing him with security.
With 34.8 percent of the votes, the singer-turned-MP was among 10 opposition candidates and came second.
“The Electoral Commission shall declare Yoweri Museveni… elected President of the Republic of Uganda,” said Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, Chairman of the Electoral Commission.