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Uganda’s Museveni Wins Vote; Opposition Rejects Result

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni won the East African country’s Feb. 18 election, extending his 25-year rule, as the opposition rejected the result and said any government he formed would be “illegitimate.”

Museveni, a 66-year-old former guerrilla commander who came to power in 1986, won a fourth term with the support of 68.38 percent of voters, Badru Kiggundu, chairman of Electoral Commission of Uganda, told reporters today in Kampala, the capital. His closest rival, Kizza Besigye, got 26.01 percent. About 59 percent of 14 million eligible voters cast a ballot.