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Uganda's Museveni wins re-election amid fraud allegations

January 16, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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FILE PHOTO: Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni arrives at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, Britain January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

(CNN)Uganda's longtime leader Yoweri Museveni has been re-elected for a sixth term amid allegations of fraud and lack of transparency around the vote count.

The country's election commission said Museveni won 58. 64% of the nearly 10 million ballots cast, while opposition leader Bobi Wine received 34. 83% of the vote.

Wine reiterated his calls for the United States and European Union to hold Museveni and his government "accountable to free and fair elections," accusing the leader of forcing the country to "carry out elections in the dark" with his internet blackout.

"If I lost a fair election, I will accept the results, of course, because Uganda is not my house," Museveni told CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

Wine said his phone was blocked and his internet connection cut for some time as security forces burst into his home the day after polls opened.

Owoyesigire said state security was responding in an effort to secure Wine's residence and protect the candidate after two individuals were seen trying to gain access to the house by jumping the fence, adding one of the individuals had been arrested.

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