Rwandan Senate approves constitutional change allowing third term for Kagame
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The changes, which require a referendum before becoming law, reduce the current limit of two seven-year Presidential terms to two five-year terms. Kagame receives an exemption allowing another seven-year term before starting to count his five-year terms. If approved the amendments can keep him in power until 2034.
Following Rwanda's genocide Kagame grew popular at home and abroad, leading to over three million petitioners demanding he be allowed to run again. The ruling has already gained approval from and seen off a challenge by the opposition .
Kagame has yet to decide if he will run again. Opposition leadersays his party will continue to oppose the change. Senate leader says he expects the referendum, the date of which is not yet set, to succeed.
- "Rwandan Supreme Court agrees to hear case on allowing third presidential term" — Wikinews, September 9, 2015
- "Kagame may rule until 2034" — , November 17, 2015
- Clement Uwiringiyimana. "UPDATE 1-Rwandan senate votes to allow President Kagame more time in office" — , November 17, 2015