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UPDF, Yoweri Museveni, rebellions, new constitution, political process

The military, called the Uganda Peoplesí Defense Forces (UPDF), originated from the National Resistance Army, a guerrilla force recruited and trained by Yoweri Museveni to overthrow the government in the mid-1980s. In 2001 the UPDF had about 60,000 troops. The size of the army rose in the late 1990s due to Ugandan military involvement in rebellions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Military service is voluntary. The military has had great influence on the political process since it took over the government in 1986. However, as civilian institutions have gained more powers under the new constitution, the army has lost some of its influence over decisions.



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UPDF, Yoweri Museveni, rebellions, new constitution, political process, troops, Congo, great influence, Military service, powers, Democratic Republic, government, size, decisions

 
 

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