Uganda president wins new term; opposition rejects

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 20, 2011 19:23

KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda's  longtime president has won another term, the country's election commission said Sunday, but the top opposition leader alleged the election was fraudulent and vowed to reject the results.

The electoral commission said Sunday that President Yoweri Museveni won 68 percent of votes in Friday's poll, allowing him to extend his 25-year hold on power. The commission said challenger Kizza Besigye took 26 percent of the vote.

Electoral Commission chairman Badru Kiggundu said 59 percent of voters in the East African nation participated.

Besigye has previously threatened Egypt-style protests if the results are not in line with what he and his supporters believe the true returns are.

As the announcement approached Sunday, Besigye pledged to work "to bring an end to the illegitimate government."


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