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Vol 46 No 8

Published 15th April 2005


Uganda

Milton stays lost

Former President Obote's promised return gives life to Museveni's re-election campaign

Democratic passions have been revived by ex-President Apollo Milton Obote, who announced his return to Uganda after 20 years of exile in Zambia but then said he'd changed his mind. Campaigning had already begun for multi-party elections next year and the end of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni's one-party 'Movement System'. Since Museveni intends to amend the constitution, stand again and win, while the opposition parties are weak and divided, the campaign was largely about details. Obote, who ruled Uganda twice, in 1962-1971 and 1980-1985, has brought the campaign to life. He had earlier accused Museveni of being a dictator and vowed not to return until multi-party politics were restored.

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