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Uganda presidential vote count marred by violence

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 01:24

With early results suggesting Uganda's Yoweri Museveni is set to extend his grip on power, police clash with supporters of the leading opposition party and arrest its leader. Mana Rabiee reports.

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More violence in Uganda's capital, Kampala. ...supporters of the leading opposition presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye (KEE-zah BEH-seh-jeh), clashing with police outside his party headquarters... as the votes cast in Thursday's election were still being counted Early official results show President Yoweri Museveni (yoh-WEH-ree moo-SEH-veh-nee) -- who's been ruling Uganda some 30 years -- is set to extend his grip on power, with over 60 percent of the vote. But when his opponent's party tried to release information challenging the official line, party members say, police moved in. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNNAMED OPPOSITION PARTY OFFICIAL, SAYING: "Police got that information that we wanted to release preliminary results so they had to come and seal off the place before we could release the results." The three-month-long campaign has been punctuated with occasional violence, and Besigye, a long-time leading opposition figure, was briefly detained a number of times during the campaign… for criminal charges he's routinely dismissed as politically motivated. Friday appeared no different. Besigye was arrested and bundled into a police van with several of his supporters. He's unsuccessfully challenged 71-year-old Museveni in three previous elections.... and had repeatedly said THIS election won't be free and fair.

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Uganda presidential vote count marred by violence

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 01:24