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    Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, wwho was declared winner of the country's presidential election, attracted over 5.6 million votes, according to election officials.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was declared winner of the country's presidential election, securing almost 61 percent of the vote, election officials said Saturday.

    Museveni attracted over 5.6 million votes in the February 18 election, according to the country’s Electoral Commission.

    Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate Kizza Besigye was quick to label the election a "sham" and called for an audit of the vote. He finished second after Museveni with over 3.2 million votes, or 35 percent.

    The Commission estimated turnout at around 63.5 percent of the population, or 9.7 million of the 15 million registered voters.

    Museveni has led the landlocked East African nation since 1986.


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