President Obote was
overthrown by the commander of Uganda's armed forces, Idi Amin Dada. Amin assumed absolute
power & declared himself president for life in 1971. The 8 years of his authority were
marked by violence,
persecution & nationwide instability. Under the leadership of Amin,
Uganda invaded Tanzania in 1978; in response he was
driven to exile & Obote returned to
presidency. Uganda continues to experience political unrest & is one of the
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