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Uganda: Veteran leader Yoweri Museveni declared election winner Uganda: Veteran leader Yoweri Museveni declared election winner
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Yoweri Museveni has been in power since 1986 Museveni supporters celebrated in the capital Kampala after the poll results were announced
Uganda's long-time President Yoweri Museveni has been re-elected, electoral officials say, amid accusations of vote rigging by his main rival Bobi Wine.Uganda's long-time President Yoweri Museveni has been re-elected, electoral officials say, amid accusations of vote rigging by his main rival Bobi Wine.
Mr Museveni won almost 59% of the vote, with Bobi Wine trailing with about 35%, the Electoral Commission said.Mr Museveni won almost 59% of the vote, with Bobi Wine trailing with about 35%, the Electoral Commission said.
Bobi Wine, a former pop star, earlier vowed to provide evidence of fraud. The Electoral Commission denies there was vote-rigging in Thursday's poll. Thursday's poll may turn out to be the "most cheating free" in the history of the African nation, the president said.
Poll monitors have criticised the government closure of internet access. Bobi Wine, a former pop star, vowed to provide evidence of fraud when internet connections were restored in Uganda.
They say this undermined confidence. Bobi Wine said he would provide evidence of fraud once the internet was restored. The government shut down the internet ahead of the voting day, a move condemned by election monitors.
They said confidence in the count had been damaged by a three-day internet outage.
Bobi Wine says he represents the younger generationBobi Wine says he represents the younger generation
Dozens of people were killed during violence in the run-up to the election. Opposition politicians have also accused the government of harassment.Dozens of people were killed during violence in the run-up to the election. Opposition politicians have also accused the government of harassment.
The pop star, the president and a Covid crackdownThe pop star, the president and a Covid crackdown
Why 35 years in power isn't enough for this manWhy 35 years in power isn't enough for this man
The 'ghetto president' aiming for the real thingThe 'ghetto president' aiming for the real thing
The result gives President Museveni a sixth term in office. The result gives President Museveni a sixth term in office. The 76 year old, in power since 1986, says he represents stability in the country.
The 76 year old, in power since 1986, says he represents stability in the country.
Meanwhile, Bobi Wine - the stage name for 38-year-old Robert Kyagulanyi - says he has the backing of the youth in one of the world's youngest nations, where the median age is 16.Meanwhile, Bobi Wine - the stage name for 38-year-old Robert Kyagulanyi - says he has the backing of the youth in one of the world's youngest nations, where the median age is 16.
Ugandan voters: We want peaceUgandan voters: We want peace
On Friday, as the results came in, Bobi Wine said that Ugandan soldiers had surrounded and breached his home. On Friday, as the results came in, Bobi Wine said Ugandan soldiers had surrounded and breached his home.
But a government spokesman accused him of "dramatising" the incident "to seek sympathy".But a government spokesman accused him of "dramatising" the incident "to seek sympathy".
What's the latest on the election results?What's the latest on the election results?
"The electoral commission declares Yoweri Museveni... elected President of the Republic of Uganda," election commission chairman Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama said on Saturday."The electoral commission declares Yoweri Museveni... elected President of the Republic of Uganda," election commission chairman Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama said on Saturday.
He said turnout was 57% of the almost 18 million registered voters.He said turnout was 57% of the almost 18 million registered voters.
Earlier, Mr Byabakama said the vote had been peaceful, and called on Bobi Wine, who said some of his polling agents were arrested on Thursday, to make public the evidence for his fraud allegations. Earlier, Mr Byabakama said the vote had been peaceful, and called on Bobi Wine to make public the evidence for his fraud allegations.
The opposition candidate believes the internet shutdown is being used to block communication and as a way of compromising the vote. The opposition candidate earlier said: "I will be happy to share the videos of all the fraud and irregularities as soon as the internet is restored," he said.
"I will be happy to share the videos of all the fraud and irregularities as soon as the internet is restored," Bobi Wine said. But speaking after being declared the winner, Mr Museveni said: "Voting by machines made sure there is no cheating.
Meanwhile, presidential spokesman Don Wanyama hit back at Bobi Wine's claims of vote rigging. "But we are going to audit and see how many people voted by fingerprints and how many of those voted by just using the register."
"He came short of the expectation of Ugandans," he said in an earlier interview with the BBC. "He had no message and Ugandans have told him he has to wait a little longer." Mr Museveni also warned that "foreign meddling will not be tolerated".
Mr Wanyama added: "We have challenged him to provide proof for his claims, he has not a single iota of evidence." The EU, United Nations and several rights groups have raised concerns. Aside from an African Union mission, no major international group monitored the vote.
The EU, United Nations and several rights groups have previously raised concerns about the integrity of Uganda's election.
Uganda social media ban raises questions over regulation in AfricaUganda social media ban raises questions over regulation in Africa
But, aside from an African Union mission, there is currently no major international group monitoring the vote. Earlier this week the US - a major aid donor to Uganda - cancelled its diplomatic observer mission to the country, saying that the majority of its staff had been denied permission to monitor polling sites. Earlier this week the US - a major aid donor to Uganda - cancelled its diplomatic observer mission to the country, saying that the majority of its staff had been denied permission to monitor polling sites.
Bobi Wine will continue to play a roleBobi Wine will continue to play a role
By Catherine Byaruhanga, BBC News, KampalaBy Catherine Byaruhanga, BBC News, Kampala
President Yoweri Museveni has seen off countless challengers during his three decades in power - helped along by constitutional changes, which have allowed him to continue running for office.President Yoweri Museveni has seen off countless challengers during his three decades in power - helped along by constitutional changes, which have allowed him to continue running for office.
His assurances of security and economic stability continue to win him votes. It's easy to underestimate how much the memories of decades of civil war and a failed state still cast a shadow over this country.His assurances of security and economic stability continue to win him votes. It's easy to underestimate how much the memories of decades of civil war and a failed state still cast a shadow over this country.
Bobi Wine rejects the results and says he will present evidence of rigging and voter intimidation. Bobi Wine rejects the results and says he will present evidence of rigging and voter intimidation. The opposition leader casts a lonely figure - in his home on the outskirts of Kampala.
The opposition leader casts a lonely figure - in his home on the outskirts of Kampala.
His key advisers have either been arrested or are in hiding. Nevertheless, he will continue to play a key role in Uganda's politics.His key advisers have either been arrested or are in hiding. Nevertheless, he will continue to play a key role in Uganda's politics.
His National Unity Platform is expected to be the biggest opposition party in parliament. What he says and does can inspire millions both in Uganda and across Africa where youthful political movements are taking hold.His National Unity Platform is expected to be the biggest opposition party in parliament. What he says and does can inspire millions both in Uganda and across Africa where youthful political movements are taking hold.
Who is Yoweri Museveni?Who is Yoweri Museveni?
Mr Museveni, who came to power on the back of an armed uprising in 1986, stood as leader of the National Resistance Movement (NRM).Mr Museveni, who came to power on the back of an armed uprising in 1986, stood as leader of the National Resistance Movement (NRM).
President Yoweri Museveni says he represents stability
He has long been depicted to Ugandans as a liberator and peace bringer.He has long been depicted to Ugandans as a liberator and peace bringer.
But he has managed to maintain his grip on power through a mixture of encouraging a personality cult, employing patronage, compromising independent institutions and sidelining opponents, says the BBC's Patience Atuhaire.But he has managed to maintain his grip on power through a mixture of encouraging a personality cult, employing patronage, compromising independent institutions and sidelining opponents, says the BBC's Patience Atuhaire.
Why 35 years in power isn't enough for this manWhy 35 years in power isn't enough for this man
Who is Bobi Wine?Who is Bobi Wine?
The reggae star is known by his supporters as the ghetto president.The reggae star is known by his supporters as the ghetto president.
His party, the National Unity Platform (NUP), campaigns for basic needs like improving access to healthcare, education, clean water and justice.His party, the National Unity Platform (NUP), campaigns for basic needs like improving access to healthcare, education, clean water and justice.
The 'ghetto president' aiming for the real thingThe 'ghetto president' aiming for the real thing
Over the last two decades Bobi Wine's musical output has been filled with songs about these issues and they have inspired a fervent following.Over the last two decades Bobi Wine's musical output has been filled with songs about these issues and they have inspired a fervent following.
He grew up in Kampala's Kamwokya slum where he went on to build his now world-famous recording studio.He grew up in Kampala's Kamwokya slum where he went on to build his now world-famous recording studio.