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Ugandan Opposition Leader Besigye Returns Home


An Ugandan opposition leader has returned home after four years in exile, saying the country needs a change from President Yoweri Museveni and his government.

Kizza Besigye arrived in Kampala Wednesday from South Africa, amid expectations he will run against President Museveni in next year's presidential elections. He told cheering supporters that intimidation and political persecution are rampant in Uganda.

In 2001, Mr. Museveni defeated Dr. Besigye, his former physician and cabinet minister. Dr. Besigye challenged the results and later fled to South Africa, saying his life was in danger.

Dr. Besigye has denied government allegations he has ties to armed rebel groups. The government has not guaranteed he is free from future prosecution on those charges.

President Museveni recently had the constitution amended to lift presidential term limits, allowing him to run next year.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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