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Ugandan President Museveni says his party is ‘having very intensive internal discussions’ about anti-gay bill

December 10th, 2014
12:55 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday that his party is discussing the anti-gay law that was scrapped in August.

“We are discussing that issue among ourselves in our party, and when we decide how to move we shall inform the public. We are discussing it internally within our party.”

Uganda’s anti-gay bill was signed by Museveni into law in February but has since been annulled. It defined homosexual acts as crimes punishable by life in prison and drew a huge amount of condemnation within the country and worldwide.

Musevini said he “did not sign the bill” when it was initially passed by Parliament, but “later on,” he explained, “I signed it because of some provocations from outside, because we didn't like lectures which were emanating from certain quarters.”

At the time, a defiant Musevini told CNN that "if the West doesn't want to work with us because of homosexuals, then we have enough space here to live by ourselves and do business with other people."


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What is al-Shabaab's aim in Kenya attack?

September 23rd, 2013
03:46 PM ET

Militants from al-Qaeda's Somali offshoot, al-Shabaab, are in a continuing standoff with police at a Kenyan shopping mall – so what is their aim?

Christiane Amanpour spoke with CNN’s Nima Elbagir from on the ground in Nairobi.

“Their avowed aim – the aim that they speak about publicly,” Elbagir said, “is that they want to discourage the Kenyan public from supporting the Kenyan government and its continued presence in Somalia, where the Kenya defense forces are part of that African Union force helping to prop up the – we can call it still quite-shaky Somali government.”

“When Kenya went in,” she told Amanpour, “that was really when the tide turned against al-Shabaab.”

Click above to see Amanpour and Elbagir’s full explanation of the situation in Nairobi.

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