Uganda’s Museveni in Early Lead as Rival Declares Himself President


KAMPALA (Reuters) – President Yoweri Museveni took an early lead in Uganda’s presidential election according to preliminary results on Friday, though main rival said there had been widespread fraud and his supporters had the right to protest.

With 29.4% of votes counted, Museveni won 1,852,263, or 63.9%, while his rival Bobi Wine had 821,874(28.4%), the electoral commission said just after 11 a.m.

The Ugandan capital Kampala was quiet on Friday, with most shops and businesses closed after ballots were casted on Thursday.

Earlier, the election campaign was marred by deadly crackdowns by security forces on opposition candidates and their supporters.

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