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Uganda may drop death penalty on anti-gay bill

Uganda may drop death penalty on anti-gay bill

AP reports that the death penalty provision in the Uganda anti-gay bill will likely be dropped:

KAMPALA, Uganda – The Ugandan parliamentarian behind an anti-homosexual bill that attracted worldwide condemnation says the most controversial part of the proposed legislation — the death penalty provision — is likely to be dropped.

David Bahati says if the committee the bill currently sits before recommends that the provision be removed, that he would concede the issue.

Full article is here.

Warren Throckmorton at networked blogs says:

It does sound like Stephen Tashobya intends to get the bill a vote. Given the information, I have been getting from close to the Cabinet, this will not be viewed favorably by the ruling party. An alternative view is that a focus on homosexuality might take the minds of the people off of the recent riots and arrests of opposition party leaders.

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