US News and World Report quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on the striking down of an anti-gay law by a Ugandan constitutional court: 

Signed into law by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in February, the so-called Anti-Homosexuality Act is very popular in Uganda, according to experts, despite condemnation by the international community.

“For a cynical politician – especially one, in the of the case of the president, facing a potentially more challenging re-election – this, especially after it was denounced in the West and by the U.N., became a win-win situation,” says J. Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center.


Nevertheless, Pham says, “It was in fact a fairly large technicality – more than a technicality … a major gaffe on the part of the legislators who voted for it.”

The state’s attorneys have the option to appeal Friday’s ruling to a higher court, and because it came down to basic math, Pham says it’s “difficult but not impossible” that such a court could overturn Friday’s decision.

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