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Obote's Body Returns to Uganda for State Funeral

The body of Uganda's first prime minister and two-time president, Milton Obote, has arrived back in the country for his state funeral, scheduled to begin later this week.

Many supporters of Mr. Obote and officials from the political party he founded, the Uganda People's Congress, gathered to receive his casket at Entebbe airport Tuesday. Members of other political parties and Ugandan officials also were there.

Mr. Obote died last week at age 81 in a South African hospital.

He is revered by many Ugandans for leading the country to independence in 1962. But he is also reviled by those who hold him responsible for the deaths of some 500,000 Ugandans in a civil war from 1980 to 1985.

Mr. Obote was Uganda's president during the war. He was ousted from power in 1985 and spent the rest of his life in Zambia.

Some information for this report provided by AP.