2011-02-20 18:36:30

Uganda's Museveni wins fourth term

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, one of Africa's longest serving leaders, won election to a fourth term in office by a huge margin Sunday in a presidential vote the opposition rejected.

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

Besigye said widespread bribery, ballot-stuffing and harassment rendered the poll illegitimate. But stopped short of calling for street protests.

European Union observers say that an unnecessary military presence on voting day had created an atmosphere of intimidation.

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