Rwanda Court Scraps Presidential Term Limits

rwandaThe Supreme Court in Rwanda has ruled that the country’s constitution can be changed to allow President Paul Kagame to run another term in elections in 2017.

The country’s parliament had approved changing the constitution, after more than 3.7 million people had signed a petition, asking for the two-term limit to be scrapped.

However, a referendum has been scheduled to determine whether the public supports a constitutional amendment to lift the current two-term limit on presidents.

Third term campaigns have caused unrest in other African countries; especially in Burundi, where at least 70 people were killed, after President Pierre Nkurunziza in April, said that he was running for a third term.