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After more than 70 years under British rule, Uganda attained independence on 9 October 1962. The first President of Uganda was Kabaka Edward Mutesa, the king of Buganda. He was overthrown by his executive Prime Minister, Milton Obote, in 1966 who was in turn overthrown by the army commander, General Idi Amin Dada, in 1971.

Amin's bloody dictatorship was brought to an end by Tanzania forces in 1979, in a joint offensive with Ugandan rebels. The disputed 1980 elections saw Milton Obote return as President. One of his rivals, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, launched a guerrila offensive against his government. Weakened by the rebellion, Obote was overthrown for the second time by the army led by General Tito Okello Lutwa in 1985. Lutwa's government lasted hardly a year. It was overthrown by Yoweri Museveni's guerrila forces in 1986. Museveni has been Uganda's President since then.

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