Key facts about Uganda, a major regional player

Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni addresses the UK-Uganda Business Forum at Lancaster House in London on May 6, 2014Uganda, which holds presidential elections on February 18, plays a key role in East Africa as a major regional economic and military power. A diplomatic heavyweight, President Yoweri Museveni has sent troops into multiple nations, as well as led efforts to end regional crises, most recently in troubled Burundi. Museveni, who seized power in 1986, is one Africa’s longest ruling presidents, beaten by Equatorial Guinea’s President Theodore Obiang Nguema, Angola’s Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe and Cameroon’s Paul Biya.

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