African Nation Uganda To Hold Election

Amid the unrest and uncertainty in the Middle East and Africa, one African nation is taking to the ballot boxes today to determine their next president.

But much like rest of the region, the incumbent has been president for 25 years.

The country is Uganda, and the current president is Yoweri Museveni, a former rebel leader-turned-president who has been in power for 25 years.

Seven other candidates are on the ballot, with Museveni’s closest competitor being Kizza Besigye, a former army colonel who has ran two previous times.

While the elections are supposed to be free elections, many in the international community remain skeptical as to how free they will be.

Since the country became independent in 1962, there has not been a peaceful transition of power.

There is also a lot at stake in these elections, as the country recently discovered oil reserves in the west of the country, with estimated barrel totals being upwards of two billion.

Voting closes tonight, and preliminary results are expected as soon as this weekend.