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Monday, September 13, 2010

Uganda:Museveni to stand for re-election

Museveni,His SOn,and His Wife who is also a minister
Africafrique and agencies
Already one of Africa's longest serving leaders, Museveni was elected unopposed in front of more than 15,000 party members to face off against retired Colonel Kizza Besigye, already nominated by a coalition of opposition parties. "His excellency President Yoweri Museveni has passed unopposed as party chairman and our flag-bearer for the 2011 presidential elections and so he remains our chairman and our candidate," said Felicitus Magomu, chairperson of the NRM electoral commission.

Mr Museveni, 65, rose to power in Uganda in 1986 when his National Resistance Army (NRA) insurgents seized power from a short-lived military junta.
He embraced a no-party model of democracy meant to eliminate the sectarianism that plagued postcolonial Ugandan politics, while foreign donors praised his prudent and liberal economic management.
In the past decade, however, support at home has fallen and relations with the West have frayed because of mounting accusations by the opposition and rights groups that his leadership has turned autocratic and corrupt.
Political analysts say Mr Museveni, whose share of the vote has dwindled at each of the last three elections amid allegations of increased rigging, could face his stiffest challenge yet if the opposition coalition holds together.
The fragility of the opposition Inter-Party Cooperation (IPC) was highlighted last month when one of the five parties withdrew in a dispute over a demand to replace the Electoral Commission.
Colonel Besigye, who was Museveni's field doctor during the NRA's bush war and one-time close political ally, ran against Museveni in 2001 and 2006. He heads the Forum for Democratic Change party.
Observers say Col Besigye has seized on oil as a galvanising issue, with the government embroiled in a tax dispute with British oil explorer Heritage Oil after the sale of its Uganda assets to Tullow Oil.
"The main opposition candidate, Kizza Besigye, has put the Museveni government on the defensive in its oil policies, playing on nationalist and anti-corruption themes that resonate in urban areas where the president is weakest," said Philippe de Pontet, Africa director at the Eurasia Group in a research note.
The run-up to next year's ballot coincides with heightened security fears after Somali rebels carried out a suicide bomb attack on the Ugandan capital Kampala in July, killing at least 79 people.
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