Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was sworn in for another five-year term after his main opponent in the East African nation’s February election was detained for holding his own unofficial inauguration.
Museveni, 71, took the oath of office during a ceremony in the capital, Kampala, attended by regional leaders including Tanzanian President John Magufuli and Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta and broadcast on NBS Television.
The Electoral Commission said Museveni, who’s ruled since 1986 and is one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, won the Feb. 18 vote with 61 percent of ballots. The opposition Forum for Democratic Change says its candidate, Kizza Besigye, was the victor and has alleged election fraud, charges dismissed by Uganda’s Supreme Court. International observers also raised questions over the vote’s credibility. Besigye was arrested Wednesday after staging his own swearing-in ceremony.