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Museveni wins Uganda elections, extends 30-year rule

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni. Photo/File
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni. Photo/File

President Yoweri

Museveni

has won Uganda's presidential election, the electoral commission said on Saturday, cementing his 30-year grip on power in the East African nation.

"The commission declares Yoweri Kaguta

Museveni

elected President of the Republic of Uganda," commission chairman Badru Kiggundu said.

Museveni

won 60.5 percent of the vote, while his main challenger Kizza Besigye won 35.3 percent.

European Union and Commonwealth observers have criticised the poll and Besigye's camp had disputed preliminary results.

Former Prime minister Amama Mbabazi got 1.43 percent, Abed Bwanika 0.9 percent, Benon Biraaro 0.27 percent, Venansius Baryamureeba 0.55 percent, Independent presidential candidate Joseph Elton Mabirizi: 0.26 percent, Kyalya: 0.44 percent

Museveni, 71, has been in office since his rebel group seized power in 1986.