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29.10.2015 Rwanda

Rwanda parliament votes to allow Kagame third term

By AFP
Rwandan lawmakers voted to pass a constitutional attendement enabling President Paul Kagame (pictured) to run for a third consecutive term in 2017.  By Zacharias Abubeker (AFP/File)
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Rwandan lawmakers voted to pass a constitutional attendement enabling President Paul Kagame (pictured) to run for a third consecutive term in 2017. By Zacharias Abubeker (AFP/File)

Kigali (AFP) - Rwandan lawmakers voted Thursday to pass a constitutional attendement enabling strongman and President Paul Kagame to run for a third consecutive term in 2017, potentially paving the way for him to remain in power till 2034.

"I want to thank everyone who participated in this process, we have finished our work.. we took into account the wishes of the people," said Donatille Mukabalisa, Speaker of the lower house of parliament.

Constitutional changes must still be voted on by the upper house, before being put to a national referendum -- but is widely expected to be passed with little outspoken opposition.

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