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Uganda Sets Date for 2006 Election


Uganda's Electoral Commission says presidential and parliamentary elections will be held on February 23, next year. It will be the nation's first multi-party poll in 25 years.

Six candidates filed Friday to run for president, including incumbent leader Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for 19 years. Uganda's parliament amended the constitution earlier this year to lift a term limit provision and allow Mr. Museveni to run for a third term.

Other candidates include Miria Obote, the widow of two-time former President Milton Obote, and jailed opposition leader Kizza Besigye. Mr. Besigye was arrested last month on rape, terrorism and treason charges after returning to Uganda following four years in exile. He says the charges are politically motivated.

Ugandans voted to return to multi-party politics in a July referendum. The previous "no party" system was favored by President Museveni, who argued that pluralism was responsible for Uganda's tribal and sectarian divisions.

Some information for this report provided by AP.