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Uganda’s president rebuffs US gay criticism

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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda’s president said he wants no lectures from Western governments opposed to the country’s controversial antigay bill, signaling he is set to sign it into law.

President Yoweri Museveni, who faces pressure within the ruling party to sign the bill, said in a statement released Friday that countries ‘‘should relate with each other on the basis of mutual respect and independence.’’

‘‘Africans do not seek to impose their views on anybody,’’ Museveni said in the statement, which was published in the government-controlled New Vision as a response to US criticism of the bill. ‘‘We do not want anybody to impose their views on us. This very debate was provoked by Western groups who come to our schools and try to recruit children into homosexuality. It is better to limit the damage rather than exacerbate it.’’

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