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Uganda's president sworn in for fourth term as police hit opposition supporters with tear gas

Yoweri Musevini has held power in Uganda for 25 years. This series of pictures contrasts his swearing-in ceremony with images of his opposition's supporters getting tear gassed today. Here's more on this story from the Voice of America.

Worth noting is that African mobile phone billionaire Mo Ibrahim offers a $5 million prize annually to an African leader who willingly leaves office according to his or her nation's constitution. According to this article in the New Yorker:

"In 2006, Ibrahim unveiled the Ibrahim Prize. The Ibrahim Foundation has not granted a prize for the past two years, because the selection committee believed that no outgoing African head of state deserved it."


Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni (L) receives the instruments of power from Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki (R) as his wife Janet (C) looks after taking his Oath of Office during a ceremony at the Kololo Airstrip grounds in the capital Kampala, May 12, 2011. Museveni was inaugurated for a fourth term after a comfortable election win in February which Besigye, the veteran leader's closest opponent, said was rigged. Besigye and other opposition leaders have refused to recognise Museveni as president.

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Leader of the opposition party Forum for Democratic Change Kizza Besigye, background center right, waves to supporters beside his wife Winnie Byayima, left, as he returns from Nairobi after medical treatment as his longtime political rival President Yoweri Museveni was sworn at Kololo Airstrip in the capital city Kampala, Uganda Thursday, May 12, 2011. Large crowds of supporters lined the road to welcome Besigye, who traveled to Kenya for medical treatment after a brutal arrest by security forces, who fired tear gas or pepper spray at the opposition leader at point-blank range.

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Ugandan riot policemen fire coloured tear gas canisters to disperse supporters of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change during a procession to welcome their leader Kizza Besigye in the capital Kampala May 12, 2011.Ugandan police fired teargas on Thursday to disperse thousands of supporters of opposition leader Besigye while President Yoweri Museveni was being sworn in for a fourth term, Reuters witnesses said.

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, center in a hat, inspects a guard after being sworn in as President at Kololo Airstrip in the capital city of Kampala Thursday, May 12, 2011. Uganda's top opposition leader flew back home Thursday and was welcomed by large crowds on the same day that the country's 25-year leader was sworn in to a fourth term.

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A Ugandan military UPDF officer (L) steps on the leg of a fallen supporter of Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye as a rally to welcome the opposition leader back to Kampala from Nairobi on May 12, 2011 was dispersed. Besigye returned from Kenya where he had gone for medical treatment for injuries sustained after he was attacked by state security personnel during an opposition demonstration. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni vowed to stamp out "disrupting schemes" on May 12 as he was sworn in for a fourth term while masses of opposition supporters welcomed home his rival, Kizza Besigye.