Ugandan Leader Wants Africa to Quit International Criminal Court

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni wants African countries to quit the International Criminal Court as he campaigned to extend his three-decade rule in this week’s elections.

Yoweri Museveni
Yoweri Museveni
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The Hague-based court is “not serious, it is partisan” against Africa, the Ugandan leader said Saturday in a televised debate in the capital, Kampala. Museveni, leader of Africa’s biggest coffee exporter, said an African criminal court should handle cases from the continent.

Museveni, 71, who has ruled Uganda since January 1986, is one of eight candidates vying for the presidency in the Feb. 18 elections. He is a critic of the court’s trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy Samuel Ruto, who are accused of involvement in the violence following the 2007 vote in their country.

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