US urges Kagame to respect term limits as Rwandans vote to change constitution

President Kagame casts his ballot during a referendum on December 18, 2015. The US has urged him to respect term limits after Rwandans voted to change the constitution to allow him to potentially rule until 2034. PHOTO | CYRIL NDEGEYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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  • The statement added that Washington was also concerned about other areas where democratic freedoms have been abridged in Rwanda.
  • Election officials citing national referendum results said Rwandans had overwhelmingly voted to change the constitution to allow Kagame, 58, to potentially rule until 2034.
  • Kagame has run Rwanda since his ethnic Tutsi rebel army, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), ended a 1994 genocide by extremists from the Hutu majority.

The White House on Saturday urged Rwanda's President Paul Kagame to respect existing limits on his term in office, after a voters in a national referendum approved sweeping them aside.

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