Kerry, in call to Uganda's Museveni, expresses election concerns

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens to opening remarks during the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California February 15, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed concern over the detentions of Uganda's main opposition candidate Kizza Besigye and harassment of opposition party members in a call to President Yoweri Museveni on Friday, the State Department said. Kerry also called on Museveni to rein in the security forces and to lift a block on social media and mobile money sites, the State Department said. "He urged President Museveni to rein in the police and security forces, noting that such action calls into question Uganda’s commitment to a transparent and credible election process free from intimidation," it added. (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Eric Walsh)