US diplomats walk out of Uganda president's inauguration

2016-05-13 11:43
Uganda's long-time president Yoweri Museveni, 71, centre, signs an oath as his wife Janet Museveni, left, looks on during an inauguration ceremony in the capital Kampala. (Stephen Wandera, AP)

Uganda's long-time president Yoweri Museveni, 71, centre, signs an oath as his wife Janet Museveni, left, looks on during an inauguration ceremony in the capital Kampala. (Stephen Wandera, AP)

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Washington – The State Department says the US delegation attending Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's inauguration walked out of the ceremony in protest. At issue were his disparaging comments about an international war crimes tribunal and the presence of Sudan's leader whom the court has indicted.

Department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau says the US ambassador to Uganda and a Washington-based official, along with several European diplomats, abruptly left Wednesday's ceremony when Museveni made remarks about the International Criminal Court. She added that the US also objected to the participation in the inauguration of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who has been charged by the court for atrocities in Sudan's western Darfur region.

In his inaugural address, Museveni called the court "a bunch of useless people" and said he no longer supports it.

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