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Ugandan president confirms 2021 presidential bid

18 Mar 2019, 21:53 ( 1 Month ago)

DF-Xinhua Report
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni gives a speech during a meeting with Chinese business representatives at State House Entebbe, Uganda, on Nov. 14, 2018. File Photo Xinhua.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni confirmed Monday that he will run for the presidency in the country's elections slated for 2021.
   
Museveni, according to a statement from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, said he was pleased with the confidence various party organs have in him.
   
"Since I am still very able and I happen to be among the most conversant with this journey, I happily agree to serve," Museveni was quoted as saying.
   
"I am very convinced that together we can make NRM invulnerable, not vulnerable to any attack when we budget well, deal with the issues of the youth and job creation among others," added Museveni, who is also the chairman of the NRM.
   
The NRM party legislators on Sunday endorsed Museveni to run for the presidency in 2021, weeks after the Central Executive Committee (CEC), another party organ had taken the same decision.
   
"I thank my colleagues in CEC and the NRM Parliamentary Caucus for forwarding my name to continue adding more steps on our mission-oriented journey," Museveni said.
   
Museveni has been in power for more than 30 years.
   
Ugandan legislators in 2017 voted to remove the age limit of 75 years for running for the presidency. Museveni is now 74.  Enditem