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Yoweri Museveni was running for his seventh term in office in 2016.
He took power in 1986 after winning a guerrilla war against President Tito Okello.
Besigye was Museveni's personal physician and a military officer who broke ties with the NRM government in 2001.
Amama Mbabazi, a former Prime minister of Uganda and a founding member of the NRM, ran against the incumbent president under the Go Forward ticket.
Though it was Bwanika's third time running for the presidency, he had failed to rally much support for his previous campaigns.
who had run against Museveni in 2001, 20, former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, Abed Bwanika who has also challenged Museveni in 2001, 20, former Makerere University Vice Chancellor Venansius Baryamureeba, retired Army General Benon Biraaro, Joseph Mabirizi and former presidential advisor Faith Kyalya.
Claims of rigging and violence at polling stations were reported and voting was extended in several locations after reports of people not being allowed to cast their votes.
Museveni has been president for 30 years in a country where 78% of the population was under the age of 30 at the time of the elections.
According to the Electoral Commission, Museveni was re-elected with 61% of the vote to Besigye's 35%.Opposition candidates claimed that the elections were marred by widespread fraud, voting irregularities, the repeated arrest of opposition politicians and a climate of voter intimidation.