KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- Rwanda will vote on Dec. 18 on a referendum which would allow President Paul Kagame to run for re-election when his current seven-year term ends in 2017.
The government set the polling date in a statement late Tuesday.
Kagame, 58, is ineligible to run in 2017 because the Rwandan constitution limits a president to two terms.
However if Rwandans vote to lift the term restriction Kagame would be able to run for a third term in 2017 and possibly stay in power for a fourth term until 2031.
The country's main opposition criticizes the move as undemocratic.
Kagame became president in 2000 after being Rwanda's de facto leader since the end of the country's genocide in 1994.