Newly elected General Assembly President denies homophobia and corruption

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Sam Kutesa. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The Newly elected President of the United Nations General Assembly has denied that he holds homophobic views.

Sam Kutesa who is currently Foreign Minister of Uganda, also rejected allegations of corruption.

Earlier this year the UN condemned Uganda for the passing of a new law which imposes life sentences in prison for homosexuality.

Mr Kutesa, was elected by the 193 UN Member States on Wednesday and will serve for a period of one year from September.

Talking to the press after accepting the presidency in the General Assembly, he said he was the right person for the job.

"First of all, let me tell you this, that I have had a conspiracy by members of the opposition in our country, both inside and outside, who have tried their best to malign my name. I have never been found corrupt. I am not homophobic and I believe I am a suitable person to lead this organisation for the next session."

Mr Kutesa said his priority as President of the 69th Session will be to push forward the Post-2015 development agenda.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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