Walkout at Ugandan president’s inauguration over ICC remarks

By Associated Press

US, Canadian and European diplomats protest after Yoweri Museveni says international criminal court is ‘a bunch of useless people’

Delegates from North America and Europe who were attending the inauguration of the Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni, have walked out of the ceremony in protest against his comments about the international criminal court (ICC) in The Hague, and the presence of Sudan’s leader, whom the court has indicted.

Elizabeth Trudeau, a spokeswoman for the US state department, said the US ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac, and a visiting Washington-based official, along with several European and Canadian diplomats, abruptly left the inauguration on Thursday after Museveni made negative remarks about the ICC in his inaugural address. She said that the US also objected to the participation in the inauguration of the Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir. Bashir has been charged by the court for atrocities in Sudan’s western region Darfur.

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