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UGANDA-UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Controversial Ugandan official may rise to presidency of the UN general assembly, draws fire
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, June 9, 2014 11:06 AM EDT
Rights activists are criticizing the appointment of a Ugandan government official as the next United Nations General Assembly president.
More than 9,000 people have signed an online petition urging U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. member states to block the Ugandan from taking up the post as Africa's unanimous choice.
The petition cites his implication in corruption scandals at home and his alleged role in the enactment of Uganda's new anti-gay law.
Kutesa, who denies the allegations, is widely seen by critics to have benefited from his close ties with Uganda's increasingly authoritarian president.