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UN elects Ugandan foreign minister as next assembly president

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The UN General Assembly has elected Uganda’s foreign minister to be its next president amid protests against his country’s treatment of gay people.

Sam Kutesa was the unanimous choice of the Africa block despite a petition against his appointment.

The position has largely a ceremonial role and lasts one year.

In his acceptance speech, Kutesa said he would put people first:

“I am motivated by putting people at the centre of everything we do. I look forward to working with you all to develop an agenda that will eradicate poverty and hunger, create sustained and inclusive growth, employment and better livelihoods for all.”

Human Rights activists claim Kutesa played a role in the enactment of Uganda’s strict anti-gay legislation passed in February which allows for sentences of up to life in prison for those convicted of having gay sex.