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<div> | US deplores 'irregularities' in Uganda elections</div>

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Washington - The United States on Saturday noted a series oftroubling "irregularities" in Uganda's presidential and parliamentaryelections and said that "the Ugandan people deserve better".

Ugandan election officials said President Yoweri Museveniwon

60% of the vote, handing him a fifth term. But opposition leader KizzaBesigye, in a message issued while under house arrest, denounced what he saidwere "sham elections".

Mark Toner, a spokesperson for the US State Department,called for Besigye's immediate release and said in a statement that while theelections had been peaceful, their conduct was "deeply inconsistent withinternational standards and expectations for any democratic process".

He cited "delays in the delivery of voting materials,reports of pre-checked ballots and vote buying, ongoing blockage of socialmedia sites, and excessive use of force by the police".

US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Museveni on Friday to"rein in" his security forces.

Although Museveni was easily re-elected, at least 19 of hisministers lost their parliamentary seats, among them Defence Minister CrispusKiyonga, who has spearheaded regional efforts to end the political crisis inBurundi.

Museveni and Besigye, the opposition leader, were onceclose, having fought together in a bush war to overthrow the country's firstpost-independence leader, Milton Obote. But Besigye has now made fourunsuccessful attempts to unseat his former comrade-in-arms.

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