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Uganda’s ruling party nominates Museveni for election

Uganda’s President
Yoweri Museveni has been officially nominated by his party, National Resistance
Movement (NRM), as its candidate for the 2021 presidential elections.

If he contests and wins, the 75-year old Museveni – who has ruled the country for 34 years – will be in power for another five years until 2031.

Facing an ineligibility to run for office in 2021, Museveni, who took power by force in 1986, after actively participating in rebellions that toppled notorious Ugandan leaders Idi Amin (1971–79) and Milton Obote (1980–85), signed into law in January 2018, a bill that removes a presidential age limit from the constitution and allows him to run for election again.

Museveni once said he hated African leaders “who want to overstay in power,” but later changed stance saying he was misquoted and only referred to those who ruled without being elected.

Although other
parties have not officially announced representatives for the January
elections, Mr Museveni’s toughest challenger is likely to be musician and
politician Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, who appears to
appeal to younger voters.

“Grandpa free us now?!”

Uganda has not witnessed a peaceful transfer of power since independence from Britain in 1962.

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