Ugandan President to Garner More Than 50% of Vote, Monitor Says

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni may win elections scheduled for Feb. 18 with more than half the vote, the Daily Monitor reported, citing an opinion poll.

Museveni, 71, leads with 53 percent in an opinion poll conducted by Ipsos Research Feb. 1-8, the Kampala-based newspaper reported. The result would enable him to extend his three-decade rule of Africa’s biggest coffee producer by five years.

Four-time presidential contender Kizza Besigye was in second place with 28 percent, while former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi came third with 1.9 percent, the paper said. Seven contenders are challenging Museveni, who is one of Africa’s longest-serving presidents, in the polls.

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