Rwanda

Kagame set to be another President for life


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The people of Rwanda have voted in favour of changing Article 101 of the Rwandan constitution.

The change means that President Paul Kagame will be allowed to stand for a third term in office in 2017 and then a further two terms in office after 2024. The latter two terms would be for five years each reduced from seven years.

The vote was 98.4% in favour of the changes with 1.6% against.

The United States and the European Union criticised the referendum, saying that any move to extend terms of office is undemocratic. The referendum was held on Friday 18th December and 6,285,353 people were eligible to vote.

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