UNGA elects Ugandan Foreign Minister as President of 69th session

Uganda’s foreign minister Sam Kahamba Kutesa has been unanimously elected as the President of the 193-membered United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).  He was in news recently for defending the Ugandan government’s stringent anti-homosexuality law which President Yoweri Museveni signed in February 2014.

The members of the UNGA elect its president annually with a different regional grouping providing a candidate or candidates. Since it was Africa’s turn to nominate a President, Mr. Kutesa was chosen unanimously by the African Union as the only candidate for the presidency of the upcoming 69th Session.  However, Western nations and human rights advocates have expressed concerns over the Uganda’s widely criticized anti-homosexuality legislation.



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