Uganda's Museveni nominated for sixth term run as president

Museveni was last elected in February 2016, defeating Kizza Besigye in a vote marred by accusations of rigging and violence (AFP Photo/ISAAC KASAMANI)
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Kampala (AFP) - Veteran Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was on Tuesday nominated as his party's candidate in the 2021 presidential election in which he will be seeking a sixth term in office.

Museveni, 75, a former rebel leader who seized power in 1986 and was first elected a decade later, changed the constitution in 2005 to abolish a two-term limit.

In 2019 the Supreme Court confirmed the scrapping of the age limit for the presidency, paving the way for a further election bid.

"The president was today nominated as the party flag bearer in the coming general elections," said Rogers Mulindwa, spokesman for the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).

"There has been common desire within the party that the president becomes our sole candidate given his great contribution to the country and Africa," Mulindwa said.

Museveni is facing a challenge from music star-turned-politician Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi.

He has won support among a youthful population who have only ever known one president.