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Idi Amin Dada Oumee (/ˈiːdi ɑːˈmiːn/; c.
1925 – 16 August 2003) was a Ugandan military officer who served as the President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979.
Amin was born in Koboko to a Kakwa father and Lugbara mother.
In 1946, he joined the King's African Rifles (KAR) of the British Colonial Army as a cook.
In 1971, General Idi Amin overthrew the elected government of Milton Obote and declared himself president of Uganda, launching a ruthless eight-year regime in which an estimated 300,000 civilians were massacred.
His expulsion of all asians such as Indian and Pakistani citizens in 1972—along with increasing military expenditures—brought about the country’s economic decline, the impact of which lasted decades.
In 1979 his reign of terror came to an end as Ugandan exiles and Tanzanians took control of the capital of Kampala, forcing Amin to flee.
Never brought to justice for his heinous crimes, Amin lived out the remainder of his life in Libya and then in Saudi Arabia.
Kemal Yildirim has published a great number of books and articles about the Middle eastern and African politics and Diplomacy.
He has lectured at a number of universities as a Guest professor about Politics and Diplomacy.
He is currently working on feature and documentaries on middle eastern and African history and politics.
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