Uganda President Yoweri Museveni
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni sacked his prime minister in what was seen as the climax of a power struggle between the two men, local media reported Friday.

wpid-Ugandas-President-Yoweri-Museveni.jpgAmama Mbazazi, a member of Museveni’s party, was considered a potential challenger to Museveni in the 2016 presidential election.

He was replaced by Health Minister Ruhakana Rugunda. The president announced the reshuffle in a letter to the speaker of parliament dated Thursday without giving a reason for his decision.

Museveni and Mbazazi had been close political allies since the president took power in 1986.

The 65-year-old lawyer had been in the cabinet since then and had been prime minister since 2011.

Museveni had allowed him to stay in office despite being associated with bribery and corruption scandals.

His sacking followed reports that a youth faction of the ruling National Resistance Movement wanted him to run for president.

The youths reportedly argued that it was time for 70-year-old Museveni to step down.

The president in Uganda is the head of state and government. He appoints the premier and the entire cabinet and also has the power to sack them. The prime minister is responsible for the day-to-day running of the government.

GNA

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