Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will extend his 20-year hold on power with an inauguration ceremony Friday.

African heads of state gathered in the capital Kampala for the swearing-in, as Mr. Museveni begins a new five-year term in office.

Mr. Museveni was declared the winner of disputed February elections - the African country's first multiparty elections in 25 years.

Mr. Museveni garnered 59 percent of the vote, compared to 37 percent for opposition leader Kizza Besigye.

The opposition party had asked the high court to overturn the results, charging they were distorted by bribery and government intimidation.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.