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Rwanda court: Constitution allows removal of term limits

Rwanda Supreme Court dismisses case challenging removal of term limits for President Kagame

Rwanda court: Constitution allows removal of term limits

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- Rwanda's Supreme Court has cleared the way for President Paul Kagame to run again for office.

The court on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by the political opposition that had sought to block constitutional amendments on presidential term limits.

The judges' decision said that that there was nothing in Rwanda's constitution that prohibited lawmakers from modifying the constitution so Kagame could run again.

Rwandan lawmakers already have voted in support of a petition to remove presidential term limits from the constitution.

Kagame became president in 2000 after serving as the country's de facto leader since the end of the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

He is credited with stabilizing the country in the years since the genocide, but critics say he is an authoritarian ruler who does not tolerate opposition.

Updated : 2021-09-27 01:04 GMT+08:00