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Vol 52 No 5

Published 4th March 2011


Power at a price

Museveni’s victory was the result of astute tactics, state funding and a divided and despondent opposition

Uganda faces a harsh economic hangover because so many state resources were used to win a decisive victory for President Yoweri Museveni, 67, in 18 February’s elections. Museveni and the ruling National Resistance Movement hailed the victory and spoke of plans to abandon age limits for presidential candidates and extend the length of presidential terms. The NRM may have calculated that oil earnings over the next five years will compensate for the damage done to the Treasury by six months of vigorous government electioneering.

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