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Uganda’s opposition leader rejects preliminary election results

Kampala, Jan 15 (efe-epa).- The leader of the Ugandan opposition, Bobi Wine, hurried on Friday to reject the preliminary results of the presidential elections held on Thursday, which declared victory to Yoweri Museveni.

Wine says the results, announced by the Electoral Commission, are the outcome of the worst electoral fraud in the country’s history.

With 49.14% of the votes counted, Museveni is the assumed winner of the election with 62.74% in his favour, while Wine received 29.34% of the votes.

Dozens of soldiers surrounded the house of Robert Kyagulanyi, better known by his nickname, Bobi Wine, a popular Ugandan musician who was running as a candidate for the National Unity Platform, while he spoke to reporters.

At the press conference at his residence near Kampala, the Ugandan capital, Wine warned that he would fight for the will of the people through all possible legal means, without violence.

According to Wine, particularly in the western districts of the country, strongholds of Museveni, the military handed out marked ballots to the population in favour of the current president who has been in power since 1986.

Wine added that he did not doubt that the vast majority of Ugandans voted for change and to turn a dictatorship into a democracy.

Wine also referred to the internet cut-off and the blocking of access to social networks ordered by the Ugandan government 48 hours before the elections.

Uganda’s 2016 elections – in which Museveni was re-elected with 60.7 per cent of the vote – were described as fraudulent by the opposition, and observers from both the European Union and the Commonwealth and African Union reported irregularities and voter intimidation. EFE-EPA

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