Milton Obote Biography

Prime Minister, President (non-U.S.)(c. 1925–c. 2005)
Ugandan statesman, prime minister and president Apollo Milton Obote founded the Uganda People's Congress.

Synopsis

Apollo Milton Obote was born December 28, 1925 in Lango, Uganda. He was elected to the Legislative Council, founded the Uganda People's Congress, and became leader of the opposition. At independence in 1962, he became the new nation's first prime minister. In 1966 he mounted a coup and made himself executive president.

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Ugandan statesman, prime minister (1962–71), and president (1967–71, 1981–5), born in Lango, Uganda. He studied at Makerere College, Kampala, was elected to the Legislative Council (1957), founded the Uganda People's Congress (1960), and became leader of the opposition (1961–2). At independence in 1962 he became the new nation's first prime minister. In 1966 he mounted a coup, deposed King Mutesa II, declared a republic, and made himself executive president. In 1971 he was, in turn, deposed by Idi Amin, and took refuge in Tanzania. After Amin's removal in 1979, he was re-elected president in 1981. Ousted by Brigadier Basilio Okello in 1985, he was granted political asylum in Zambia.

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