Uganda election: Four reasons donor nations won't turn their backs on President Museveni

As recent events in Egypt have shown, international support for aging despots can wane quickly once crowds hit the street and violence kicks off. Here are some reasons why the international community might not want to push Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni too hard.

2. Regional stability

It’s not just in Somalia that the international community is desperate for Uganda’s steadying influence. Ever since the 2007-08 post-election violence in Kenya, Uganda has portrayed itself as the sole island of calm in a very troubled region – and the international community needs it to remain that way. Immediately to the north, last month’s independence referendum in South Sudan may have passed more or less peacefully but the embryonic country is intensely fragile and dependent on Ugandan imports. To the east, the Democratic Republic of Congo faces uncertain elections toward the end of the year. To the south, rising infighting and paranoia among Rwanda’s ruling elite is causing increasing concern.

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