World Bank postpones $90M Uganda loan

Feb 28, 2014, 4:59 AM EST
A Ugandan taxi driver reads a daily newspaper with a front page story on a new anti-gay law, in Kampala on February 25, 2014.
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The World Bank has postponed a $90m (£54m) loan to Uganda over its tough new anti-gay law that has drawn criticism from around the world. World Bank officials said they wanted to guarantee the projects the loan was destined to support were not going to be adversely affected by the new law. The loan was intended to boost Uganda's health services. The new law, enacted on Monday, strengthens already strict legislation relating to homosexuals in the country. It allows life imprisonment as the penalty for acts of "aggravated homosexuality" and also criminalises the "promotion" of homosexuality."
World Bank postpones $90m Uganda loan over anti-gay law [BBC]
World Bank freezes aid to Uganda over gay law [Aljazeera]