Representanter fra EU erklærte valget i Uganda for et fredfylt valg.
THE streets in Kampala today were peaceful; bored even after Uganda’s general election on February 18th. Just as Baobab predicted (though hardly the work of an oracle), President Yoweri Museveni won at a canter. His main opposition rival, Kizza Besigye, protested the results. Even that had a sense of ritual about it. Mr Besigye has now lost three times to Mr Museveni. He has neither the funds, the message, nor the popularity to trump «M7». According to the official tally, Mr Museveni won with 68% of the vote, with Mr Besigye trailing on 26%. For the president, the result was an improvement on the 57% he scored in 2006. And it came without the thuggish treatment of the opposition that made a mockery of that election. With a measly voter turnout, Mr Museveni appeared not to need ghost voters or local officials to fabricate results in his favour. But few doubt those mechanisms were in place. A popular uprising looks unlikely. The army and police are squarely behind Mr Museveni. Exit polls indicate that even younger Ugandans were mostly forgiving of the corruption and dithering that has stalled the country’s development. Mr Museveni is now the longest ever serving leader in east Africa, outlasting Tanzania’s Julius Nyerere. And he still has at least five more years to go.