- - Wednesday, February 16, 2011

UGANDA

Museveni sees landslide victory

ENTEBBE | President Yoweri Museveni, in power for 25 years, predicted a landslide victory in polls this week, dismissing his main challenger’s assertion that Uganda was ripe for an Egypt-style uprising.

“It will be a big win [in Friday’s election],” he told reporters Wednesday at the presidential palace. “We shall win with a big majority.”

Many commentators believe Friday’s presidential election could be the closest since Mr. Museveni, a former guerrilla leader, grabbed power as head of the National Resistance Army in 1986.

In 1996 polls, he took 75 percent of the vote, but his share dropped to 69 percent in 2001 and to 59 percent in the 2006 election.

NIGERIA

Presidential hopeful appealing to youth

ABUJA | Nigeria’s former anti-corruption czar Nuhu Ribadu kicked off his presidential campaign Wednesday ahead of April elections, promising to be the candidate of the teeming and frustrated youth in the oil-rich West African nation.

Mr. Ribadu gave a speech in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, as the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria.

While the party remains the strongest opposition group in the nation, it still faces an incredible hurdle to beat the People’s Democratic Party, which has controlled the country since it became a democracy a decade ago.

In his speech, Mr. Ribadu promised to speak to the young because the “half century of our nation’s history [has] loudly left them behind through failure of governance.”

He compared the upcoming election to the political changes that swept through Egypt and Tunisia.

CONGO

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