Voting continued for a second day in Uganda amid riots and frustration during the presidential election. Forces briefly detained the main opposition candidate and protesters were beaten and attacked with tear gas and stun grenades. Ugandans waited in line for hours in some places to cast their vote, only to find incomplete ballots or missing election materials. Preliminary results shows longtime incumbent President Yoweri Museveni taking a lead over his main opponent, Kizza Besigye, the leader of the main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC.)
By Leanne Burden Seidel
Riot police officers try to close the gate to lock supporters of Kizza Besigye, the leader of the main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the main opposition candidateate, inside Besigye’s party headquarters in Kampala, Uganda, Feb. 19. Ugandan police on Feb. 19 stormed Besigye’s party headquarters and arrested him. Police also fired tear gas and arrested some of his supporters who took to the streets. Preliminary result by Electoral Commission shows incumbent President Yoweri Museveni taking a lead over his main opponent.