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Feb 20, 2011

Snap analysis: Museveni seen prevailing after disputed vote win

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, one of Africa’s longest serving leaders, won election to a fourth term in office by a huge margin on Sunday in a presidential vote the opposition rejected.

Here’s a look at what’s next for east Africa’s third largest economy that expects to start pumping oil next year:

Feb 20, 2011

Uganda’s Museveni on brink of huge poll win

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Veteran Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni was on the brink of an overwhelming win in a presidential election the opposition says was a sham, provisional results showed on Sunday.

Provisional results from almost all the 23,968 polling stations handed Museveni 68 percent of the votes counted, with his rival Kizza Besigye trailing on 26 percent, confounding expectations of a closely fought contest.

Feb 19, 2011

Uganda’s Museveni set for win, opposition cry foul

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Veteran leader Yoweri Museveni was on course to extend his rule to 30 years after provisional results on Saturday gave him a commanding lead, but the opposition said the presidential election had been fixed.

Analysts had forecast a closely fought contest, but provisional electoral commission results from about two-thirds of polling stations handed Museveni 69 percent of the votes counted, with rival Kizza Besigye trailing on 25 percent.

Feb 19, 2011

Museveni takes huge early lead in Uganda poll count

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Veteran Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni took a huge early lead on Saturday in the vote count for presidential elections marked by a low turnout and opposition claims of irregularities.

Analysts had originally forecast a closely fought contest. But provisional electoral commission results from about a quarter of all polling stations showed Museveni with 71.5 percent of the votes counted, and his arch rival Kizza Besigye trailing on 23.0 percent.

Feb 18, 2011

Uganda votes after campaign marked by bribery claims

GULU, Uganda (Reuters) – Ugandans voted in an election on Friday expected to hand President Yoweri Museveni a fourth term in office but which has been marred by allegations of rampant bribery and fears the process could turn nasty.

Opposition front-runner Kizza Besigye, who has twice tried and failed to beat Museveni at the ballot box, wants street protests if the poll is deemed rigged, and plans to release his own tally of results alongside the official vote count.

Feb 18, 2011

Uganda votes after bitter presidential campaign

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandans voted in an election on Friday expected to extend President Yoweri Museveni’s time in power to three decades but which could turn nasty because the opposition wants street protests if the poll were deemed rigged.

The campaign in east Africa’s third largest economy was bitter, marked by widespread claims the ruling party has been paying voters to return Museveni for a fourth term.

Feb 17, 2011
via Africa News blog

Uganda votes: oil blessing, oil curse?

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That old Africa oil chestnut is being discussed again: is it a blessing or a curse?

When it comes to Uganda, nobody really knows which way to bet yet and its people often shrug their shoulders when asked what impact it will have.

Feb 17, 2011

Ugandan president says may release rap album

KAMPALA (Reuters) – President Yoweri Museveni says he might release an album after a rap he performed became a smash hit on Uganda’s radio stations and in its nightclubs.

“I was very happy with the reaction of the youth because that means they are very thirsty for the music of their ancestors,” the 67-year-old told a news conference before elections on Friday.

Feb 16, 2011

Ugandan oil region wary of future as election looms

LAKE ALBERT, Uganda, Feb 16 (Reuters) – A track of seared
orange leads through burnished yellow fields then gives way to a
patchwork of brilliant green treetops and sugarcane farms, as
the glistening blue water of Uganda’s Lake Albert appears.

But attention has focused on this remote part of the east
African country because of efforts to extract something with a
much darker hue than its multi-toned earth: oil.

Feb 14, 2011

Uganda’s Museveni expected to win tight election

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandans will vote in a presidential and parliamentary elections on Friday that President Yoweri Museveni is expected to win, despite a fierce challenge from third-time rival and former ally Kizza Besigye.

Apart from extending his rule to 30 years, the main prize for Museveni would be a chance to shepherd east Africa’s third largest economy through a period of embryonic oil production, and the resulting economic and political dividends.

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      "Irish journalist who has lived in the Horn and east Africa since 2006 - first in Ethiopia, then in Uganda - covering politics, elections, society, culture and economics across the region. I have also worked for Reuters in Tunisia, Iraq and Libya and was part of the team that dominated coverage of Muammar Gaddafi's killing. Always welcome a good chat over on Twitter: @malonebarry"
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