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Uganda's Yoweri Museveni builds lead with 37 percent of vote counted

By Reuters | February 20th 2016 at 10:56:00 GMT +0300

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni addressing the media after casting his votes during their 2016 elections at his home area Kaaro High School in Uganda

Incumbent President Yoweri Museveni extended his lead in Uganda's presidential election, the electoral commission said on national television on Friday.

The commission said Museveni had 62 percent of the vote after votes were counted at 37 percent of polling stations. His closest challenger, Kizza Besigye, had 33.5 percent of the vote.

Tension has gripped parts of Kampala with fears that violence could erupt if Besiyge is not declared winner in the hotly contested polls.

Police in Kampala set off stun grenades and loobed tear gas outside the headquarters of Besigye’s Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party as tensions rose after largely peaceful voting on Thursday.

Besigye was later detained for the third time this week, being bundled into the back of police van along with several of his supporters, according to a Reuters witness.

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The police arrested the opposition leader alongside FDC President Mugisha Muntu, Chairman Waswa Birigwa and Mobilisation Secretary Ingrid Turinawe, over claims of planning to announce him the winner from the results of the parallel tallying centre they had set up. Besigye was picked after he released a statement saying that on the polling day, FDC had busted a police operated rigging and tally centre located at Naguru in East Kampala. Anti-riot police pitched tent at the party’s headquarters along Entebbe Road for the better part of the morning interrupting the oppositon leader’s intended press briefing.

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