An anti-gay Ugandan politician is set to become the next head of the United Nations General Assembly, causing outrage among rights groups.
Sam Kutesa serves as Ugandan Foreign Minister under President Museveni, who recently introduced a strict anti-gay law in the country, with heavy punishments for offenders.
Kutesa, who previously claimed that the majority of Africans “abhor” homosexuality, will become President of the General Assembly next month without a single vote cast, having been selected by the African Union in a traditionally unchallenged appointment.
The annually rotated position is “elected by acclamation”, with incumbent John William Ashe selected last year by the UN’s Latin American and Caribbean Group.
In his new role, which he will begin on June 11, Kutesa will chair all meetings of the UN’s general assembly, and play host to world leaders. Full story here
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