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Uganda leader to sign antigay bill

KAMPALA, Uganda — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni plans to sign a bill into law that prescribes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said Friday, alarming rights activists who have condemned the bill as draconian in a country where homosexuality has already been criminalized.

Museveni announced his decision to governing party lawmakers, said government spokesman Ofwono Opondo. In Twitter posts on Friday, Opondo said the legislators, who are holding a retreat chaired by Museveni, ‘‘welcomed the development as a measure to protect Ugandans from social deviants.’’

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Museveni’s decision was based on a report by ‘‘medical experts’’ saying that ‘‘homosexuality is not genetic but a social behavior,’’ said Opondo.

Associated Press

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