Rwanda MPs set to debate Kagame bid for third term

Rwanda President Paul Kagame addresses the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly September 29, 2015 in New York. Rwanda’s parliament was set to open a debate on October 12, 2015 on amending the constitution to let strongman and President Paul Kagame run for a third term in 2017. PHOTO | TIMOTHY A. CLARY | AFP

What you need to know:

  • He won elections in 2003 and 2010 and, under the current law, is due to step aside in 2017 at the end of his second consecutive term.
  • Both houses of parliament are dominated by the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), Mr Kagame’s former rebel army, and are expected to pass the draft constitutional amendments before putting the changes to a referendum.



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