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Uganda: Long time leader Yoweri Museveni retains the Presidential seat


 

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Mr Museveni won almost 59% of the vote, with Bobi Wine trailing with about 35%, the Electoral Commission said.

Bobi Wine, a former pop star, earlier vowed to provide evidence of fraud. The Electoral Commission denies there was vote-rigging in Thursday's poll.

Poll monitors have criticised the government closure of internet access.

They say this undermined confidence. Bobi Wine said he would provide evidence of fraud once the internet was restored.

image captionBobi Wine says he represents the younger generation

Dozens of people were killed during violence in the run-up to the election. Opposition politicians have also accused the government of harassment.

The result gives President Museveni a sixth term in office.

The 76 year old, in power since 1986, says he represents stability in the country.

Meanwhile, Bobi Wine - the stage name for 38-year-old Robert Kyagulanyi - says he has the backing of the youth in one of the world's youngest nations, where the median age is 16.

media captionUgandan voters: We want peace

On Friday, as the results came in, Bobi Wine said that Ugandan soldiers had surrounded and breached his home.

But a government spokesman accused him of "dramatising" the incident "to seek sympathy".

What's the latest on the election results?

"The electoral commission declares Yoweri Museveni... elected President of the Republic of Uganda," election commission chairman Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama said on Saturday.

He said turnout was 57% of the almost 18 million registered voters.

Earlier, Mr Byabakama said the vote had been peaceful, and called on Bobi Wine, who said some of his polling agents were arrested on Thursday, to make public the evidence for his fraud allegations.

5.85 millionvotes were won by Yoweri Museveni, according to the Electoral Commission.

3.48 millionvotes were won by Bobi Wine, his main rival, the commission said.

6terms as president for Museveni. Bobi Wine has vowed to provide proof of voting fraud.

2,000The number of observers deployed by the Africa Elections Watch coalition, which said they had observed irregularities.

Source: Uganda electoral commission

The opposition candidate believes the internet shutdown is being used to block communication and as a way of compromising the vote.

"I will be happy to share the videos of all the fraud and irregularities as soon as the internet is restored," Bobi Wine said.

Meanwhile, Mr Wanyama, who is a spokesperson for President Museveni, hit back at Bobi Wine's claims of vote rigging.

"He came short of the expectation of Ugandans," he said in an earlier interview with the BBC. "He had no message and Ugandans have told him he has to wait a little longer."

Mr Wanyama added: "We have challenged him to provide proof for his claims, he has not a single iota of evidence."

The EU, United Nations and several rights groups have previously raised concerns about the integrity of Uganda's election.

Bobi Wine will continue to play a role

President Yoweri Museveni has seen off countless challengers during his three decades in power - helped along by constitutional changes, which have allowed him to continue running for office.

His assurances of security and economic stability continue to win him votes. It's easy to underestimate how much the memories of decades of civil war and a failed state still cast a shadow over this country.

Bobi Wine rejects the results and says he will present evidence of rigging and voter intimidation.

The opposition leader casts a lonely figure - in his home on the outskirts of Kampala.

His key advisers have either been arrested or are in hiding. Nevertheless, he will continue to play a key role in Uganda's politics.

His National Unity Platform is expected to be the biggest opposition party in parliament. What he says and does can inspire millions both in Uganda and across Africa where youthful political movements are taking hol

Yoweri Museveni profile

Mr Museveni, who came to power on the back of an armed uprising in 1986, stood as leader of the National Resistance Movement (NRM).

He has long been depicted to Ugandans as a liberator and peace bringer.

But he has managed to maintain his grip on power through a mixture of encouraging a personality cult, employing patronage, compromising independent institutions and sidelining opponents, says the BBC's Patience Atuhaire.

Bobi Wine profile

The reggae star is known by his supporters as the ghetto president.

His party, the National Unity Platform (NUP), campaigns for basic needs like improving access to healthcare, education, clean water and justice.

Over the last two decades Bobi Wine's musical output has been filled with songs about these issues and they have inspired a fervent following.

He grew up in Kampala's Kamwokya slum where he went on to build his now world-famous recording studio.

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