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Byline: Chris Ocowun
Business in Gulu town came to a standstill on Saturday as thousands lined the streets to welcome the newly-elected president of the Democratic Party (DP), Norbert Mao.
Shops closed as market vendors and shop attendants abandoned their businesses, chanting 'Mao, Obama'.
Mzee Opoka Pyen Lyec performed the Acholi ritual of sprinkling water on Mao and cutting a string before he entered Kaunda grounds to address a public rally.
The Gulu district chairman last week defeated Kampala mayor Nasser Sebaggala to become the party's fifth president.
Mao polled 708 votes against Sebaggala's 321 votes. However, one faction of DP …