Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni says he will run for re-election in next March's elections.

Mr. Museveni announced his decision Saturday in Kampala before thousands of cheering delegates at a conference of his Movement party.

Mr. Museveni has been in office since a 1986 coup. Uganda's parliament recently voted to abolish presidential term limits from the constitution, paving the way for Mr. Museveni's candidacy.

Last week's arrest of opposition leader Kizza Besigye, the president's main political rival, on charges of treason and rape triggered two days of riots and led critics to accuse Mr. Museveni of embracing dictatorship.

Next year's elections will be the first multi-party vote in Uganda's history after a 20-year ban on political parties was abolished.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.