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Ugandan Opposition Leader Asks Court to Overturn Election Results


Uganda's main opposition leader has asked the Supreme Court to overturn the results of last month's election that kept President Yoweri Museveni in power.

Defeated candidate Kizza Besigye Wednesday petitioned the court, alleging the elections were marred by bribery, intimidation, violence and a lack of transparency.

Besigye's party rejected the results soon after the February 23 election. The ruling party denied charges of interfering in the polls and called the opposition "bad losers."

The official results showed Mr. Museveni winning 59 percent of the vote, compared to Besigye's 37 percent.

Besigye was jailed for part of the campaign for what he has called politically motivated prosecutions.

Uganda's High Court cleared Besigye of rape charges earlier this month. He still faces charges of treason.

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