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Ugandan Opposition Leader Freed After 2 Months in Prison

  • Associated Press

FILE - Opposition leader and presidential candidate Kizza Besigye speaks to the media while under continued house arrest, at his home in Kasangati, outside Kampala, Feb. 21, 2016. A Ugandan judge freed Kizza Besigye on bail Tuesday, rejecting prosecutors' calls for him to be remanded indefinitely until his case is concluded.

FILE - Opposition leader and presidential candidate Kizza Besigye speaks to the media while under continued house arrest, at his home in Kasangati, outside Kampala, Feb. 21, 2016. A Ugandan judge freed Kizza Besigye on bail Tuesday, rejecting prosecutors' calls for him to be remanded indefinitely until his case is concluded.

Uganda's main opposition leader has been freed after spending two months in jail over treason charges.

A Ugandan judge freed Kizza Besigye on bail Tuesday, rejecting prosecutors' calls for him to be remanded indefinitely until his case is concluded.

Besigye waved to chanting supporters in a packed courtroom when the judge ordered his release.

Besigye told reporters that he did not know how long his freedom would last.

Besigye insists he won a presidential election held in February. According to official results, the longtime president, Yoweri Museveni, won with over 60 percent of the votes.

Besigye declared a defiance campaign, urging his supporters to protest what he called a fraudulent victory for Museveni.

Museveni has held power here since 1986.

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