Uganda’s Museveni Is Cleared to Extend His Three-Decade Rule

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni can seek reelection and extend his three-decade rule of Africa’s biggest coffee exporter, the Electoral Commission said.

Museveni, 71, was cleared after he fulfilled requirements by the commission, including paying a non-refundable fee of 20 million shillings ($5,900), Chairman Badru Kiggundu said at a function broadcast on television in the capital, Kampala, on Tuesday. The former rebel leader, who has ruled since he seized power in a coup in 1986, is the candidate for the ruling National Resistance Movement.

Uganda is scheduled to hold elections in the first quarter of next year. Museveni faces competition from Kizza Besigye, his former personal physician and now an opposition leader, and from ex-Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.

Police brutality against government opponents risks undermining the credibility of the vote, Human Rights Watch, the New York-based advocacy group, said last month.

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