World Country Uganda

About the world country Uganda, its location, size, population, and who is in power.



Location: East central Africa, north of Tanzania, west of Kenya. Size: 91,134 sq. mi. (236,036 sq. km.). Population: 14,119,000.

Who Really Rules: Following the downfall of Idi Amin, the country's brutal military dictator, in April, 1979, Uganda was governed by a factionalized "National Liberation Front," led by men exiled during the Amin regime. Controversial elections in December, 1980, were won by former president Milton Obote's Uganda People's Congress. Uganda's 7,000-man army, led by Brigadier David Oyite Ojok, is a significant force, but the last word on Uganda politics may come from Julius Nyerere, president of neighboring Tanzania. Tanzanian soldiers spearheaded the drive that ousted Amin, and there are still 10,000 Tanzanian troops in Uganda. Amin's excesses and the war to oust him have left Uganda's economy in shambles and the political situation in chaos; armed bandits--including members of the military--prey upon the population.

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