Rwandan Supreme Court agrees to hear case on allowing third presidential term
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
The government attorney had asked the court to throw the case, brought by the opposition, out. An eight-judge panel rejected that move. Kagame has grown popular at home and abroad following reconstruction but the constitution does not allow a third term.
Burundi saw widespread unrest and ongoing political turmoil after a disputed election saw President gain a third term.voted to lift a limit of two seven-year terms after a petition for Kagame to stay garnered 3.8 million signatures. A referendum on constitutional change is required. Neighbouring
The move by the United States expressed reservations on a third term in Rwanda. Rwanda and Burundi are just two nations of several in the region grappling with constitutional change to increase presidential term limits.has cooled Kagame's support abroad. Allies including major donor the
Kagame is yet to publicly decide on running again but has confirmed he is open to the idea of the constitutional amendment. "There's international pressure for him not to do this" MP al-Jazeera. "Then there's pressure from Rwandans for him to run. Who should he listen to? I think the answer is obvious".told
- Clement Uwiringiyimana. "Rwanda court agrees to hear case to block president's third term" — , September 9, 2015
- "Rwanda court to hear case on president's third term" — , September 9, 2015