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Parliament holds first session since the inauguration of Ugandan President Museveni

Ugandan members of parliament have elected the new speaker and deputy speaker of parliament for a five-year term of office.

Chief Justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo, who presided over the election of the speaker of the 11th parliament, declared Jacob Oulanyah the winner after he garnered 310 votes in the election. Oulanyah, the former deputy speaker of the 10th parliament beat his main rival and former Speaker Rebecca Kadaga who won 197 votes.

Kadaga, the former speaker of the 10th and 9th parliament ran as an independent candidate after losing the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party endorsement to Oulanyah on Sunday. Ibrahim Ssemujju of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party trailed with just 15 votes.

Two votes were declared invalid. Oulanyah was sworn in by President Yoweri Museveni. Oulanyah who presided over the election of the deputy speaker declared Anita Among of the ruling party as the winner with 415 votes.

The elections at the first sitting of the parliamentary session of the 11th Parliament were held at the Kololo Independence Ceremonial Grounds in the capital Kampala.

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