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  • Republic of Uganda

    Political Status: Independent member of the Commonwealth since October 9, 1962; republican constitution adopted on September 8, 1967; personal military rule (instituted on January 25, 1971) overthrown with establishment of provisional government on April 11, 1979; military regime installed on January 29, 1986; present constitution adopted on September 22, 1995, with effect from October 8; amended by public referendum on July 28, 2005, to provide for multiparty system.

    Area: 93,104 sq. mi. (241,139 sq. km).

    Population: 36,928,431 (2014E—UN); 35,918,915 (2014E—U.S. Census).

    Major Urban Center (2011E--UN): KAMPALA (metropolitan area, 1,533,000).

    Official Language: English (Swahili and Luganda are widely used).

    Monetary Unit: Ugandan Shilling (market rate October 1, 2014: 2,642.04 Ugandan shillings = $1US).

    President: Lt. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta MUSEVENI (National Resistance Movement); sworn in on January 29, 1986, following the ...

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