US diplomats walk out of Uganda president's inauguration
13 May 2016, 16:41
Washington – The State Department says the US delegation attending
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's inauguration walked out of the ceremony in
protest. At issue were his disparaging comments about an international war
crimes tribunal and the presence of Sudan's leader whom the court has indicted.
Department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau says the US ambassador
to Uganda and a Washington-based official, along with several European
diplomats, abruptly left Wednesday's ceremony when Museveni made remarks about
the International Criminal Court. She added that the US also objected to the
participation in the inauguration of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who has
been charged by the court for atrocities in Sudan's western Darfur region.
In his inaugural address, Museveni called the court "a bunch
of useless people" and said he no longer supports it.