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Uganda Drops Treason Charges Against Opposition Leader

The Ugandan government has withdrawn treason charges against opposition leader Kizza Besigye, a veteran challenger and critic of President Yoweri Museveni’s 35-year rule.

Besigye, a four-time presidential candidate, was arrested and charged with treason in 2016 for staging a ceremony at which he declared himself president following that year’s general election.

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Once President Museveni’s personal physician, Besigye fell out with the president in 1999 after describing the ruling party as “dishonest, opportunistic and undemocratic”.

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