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Uganda: Obote's Body Lies in State Ahead of Funeral

Ugandan mourners have filed past the body of two-time Ugandan president Milton Obote as it lay in state in the nation's parliament ahead of an official funeral set for Friday.

After Friday's ceremony, Mr. Obote's coffin will be taken to several towns across Uganda before he is buried in his ancestral home in the north on Monday.

The 81-year-old leader, who leaves behind a divided legacy, died of kidney failure last week.

He led Uganda to independence from Britain in 1962, but was twice overthrown by military coups.

He is revered by many Ugandans for his independence struggle, but also reviled by those who hold him responsible for the deaths of some 500,000 Ugandans in a civil war in the early 1980s.

He was ousted from power in 1985 and spent the rest of his life living in exile in Zambia.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.