Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Uganda: Profile of Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

With general elections scheduled for 23 February, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni faces the toughest challenge of his 20-year presidency.

Donors - who for years hailed him as part of a "new breed" of African leaders - have become increasingly impatient with his handling of corruption and the slow progress of political transition in the country. Most recently, he came under heavy international criticism for the November arrest of his strongest opponent, Kiiza Besigye.

Museveni’s failure to defeat the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which has fought to overthrow his government for 20 years, has also put into question his commitment to ending the war, which has displaced some 1.7 million people in northern Uganda - close to 90 percent of the region's population.

Uganda's leader Museveni

Photo: Museveni addressing the crowd. (Courtesy IRIN)

See full report and profile at IRIN 15 Feb 2006.

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