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Idi Amin

Birth:1925

Death:2003

A Ugandan politician. A dictator whose bloody eight-year rule of Uganda revolted the world. He joined the British commanded African Rifles and was the army heavyweight boxing champion. After independence of Uganda, in 1962, he rose to head the army having quelled dissent for president Milton Obote. He seized power from Obote in 1971. Nicknamed Big Daddy, he expelled Uganda's 70,000 Asian community overnight, a move that accelerated his country's economic decline. When, in 1979, Tanzania responded to a Ugandan invasion of their territory, Amin fled to Libya, but was expelled, and then moved to Jeddah where he lived on a modest Saudi government stipend until his death. Idi Amin was born to peasant farmers of the small Kakwa tribe near Koboko in Uganda.

Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan / Ghulam Mohiuddin

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