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Monday, July 16, 2018

Ugandan police arrest the main opposition presidential candidate after peaceful election

Uganda’s electoral commission says initial results from the Thursday’s presidential election puts the incumbent president in the lead.

The commission says the tally gave Yoweri Museveni, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, more than sixty percent of the votes counted.

Opposition leader Kizza Besigye was in second place with about thirty percent.

He was detained briefly by police in Kampala after protesting against alleged ballot stuffing, accusations police say are unfounded and outrageous.

Besigye had challenged Museveni unsuccessfully in three previous elections and earlier on Thursday had accused the government of rigging the vote.

Angry protesters say one ballot box had been opened after votes had been cast and allege ballot papers had gone missing. Some demonstrators grabbed the ballot box and started ripping up the votes inside.

Uganda’s electoral commission says initial results from the Thursday’s presidential election puts the incumbent president in the lead. The commission says the tally gave Yoweri Museveni, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, more than sixty percent of the votes counted. Opposition leader Kizza Besigye was in second place with about thirty percent. He was detained briefly by police in Kampala after protesting against alleged ballot stuffing, accusations police say are unfounded and outrageous. Besigye had challenged Museveni unsuccessfully in three previous elections and earlier on Thursday had accused the government of rigging the vote. Angry protesters say one ballot box had been opened after votes had been cast and allege ballot papers had gone missing. Some demonstrators grabbed the ballot box and started ripping up the votes inside.