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Here are some interesting facts about Uganda - Category: Introduction - Background: The colonial boundaries created by Britain to delimit Uganda grouped together a wide range of ethnic groups with different political systems and cultures. These differences prevented the establishment of a working political community after independence was achieved in 1962. The dictatorial regime of Idi AMIN (1971-79) was responsible for the deaths of some 300,000 opponents; guerrilla war and human rights abuses under Milton OBOTE (1980-85) claimed at least another 100,000 lives. The rule of Yoweri MUSEVENI since 1986 has brought relative stability and economic growth to Uganda. During the 1990s, the government promulgated non-party presidential and legislative elections.

Category: Government - Legislative branch: unicameral National Assembly (332 seats; 215 members elected by popular vote, 104 nominated by legally established special interest groups [women 79, army 10, disabled 5, youth 5, labor 5], 13 ex officio members; to serve five-year terms); elections: last held 23 February 2006 (next to be held in 2011); election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - NRM 191, FDC 37, UPC 9, DP 8, CP 1, JEEMA 1, independents 36, other 49

Category: People - Population: 31,367,972; note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2008 estimate)

Category: Economy - Imports - commodities (%): capital equipment, vehicles, petroleum, medical supplies; cereals

Category: Geography - Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Wetlands; signed, but not ratified: Environmental Modification

Category: Transportation - Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 27; 2,438 to 3,047 m: 1; 1,524 to 2,437 m: 6; 914 to 1,523 m: 11; under 914 m: 9 (2007)

Category: Communications - Radio broadcast stations: AM 7, FM 33, shortwave 2 (2001)

Category: Military - Manpower fit for military service: males age 16-49: 3,856,365; females age 16-49: 3,769,120 (2008 estimate)

Category: Transnational Issues - Disputes - international: Uganda is subject to armed fighting among hostile ethnic groups, rebels, armed gangs, militias, and various government forces that extend across its borders; Uganda hosts 209,860 Sudanese, 27,560 Congolese, and 19,710 Rwandan refugees, while Ugandan refugees as well as members of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) seek shelter in southern Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Garamba National Park; LRA forces have also attacked Kenyan villages across the border

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  1. Government - Executive branch: chief of state: President Lt. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta MUSEVENI (since seizing power 26 January 1986); note - the president is both chief of state and head of government; head of government: President Lt. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta MUSEVENI (since seizing power 26 January 1986); Prime Minister Apolo NSIBAMBI (since 5 April 1999); note - the prime minister assists the president in the supervision of the cabinet; cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president from among elected legislators; elections: president reelected by popular vote for a five-year term; election last held 23 February 2006 (next to be held in 2011); election results: Lt. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta MUSEVENI elected president; percent of vote - Lt. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta MUSEVENI 59.3%, Kizza BESIGYE 37.4%, other 3.3%

  2. Economy - Public debt (% of GDP): 19.5% of GDP (2008 estimate)

  3. Economy - Investment (gross fixed) (% of GDP): 26.5% of GDP (2008 estimate)

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook