Rwanda court to hear case on presidentâ€™s third term bidBy Bobricky 10:00 Wed, 09 Sep 2015 Comments
Rwandaâ€™s Supreme Court has said it will hear a case on whether the countryâ€™s President Paul Kagame should be allowed to run for a third term as leader.
The move on Wednesday came after parliament voted to change the constitution and lifted a two-term limit amid widespread calls for Kagame not to stand down after his current term.
The proposals were voted on after the presentation of a petition to legislators that had garnered more than 3.8 million signatures in support of the move.
Kagame still has two years remaining before his current mandate expires.
Al Jazeeraâ€™s Catherine Soi, reporting from Kigali, said Kagame is widely credited with bringing stability and development to the country after its genocide in the 1990s.
â€œParliament is just the beginning of the process, a commission has to be set up to review sections of the constitution that deal with the presidential termâ€¦eventually there must be a referendum where Rwandans will decide for themselves,â€ she said.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, Julianna Kantengwa, a member of parliament, said international pressure on Kagame to not stand for the presidency again would not influence Rwandans.
â€œThereâ€™s international pressure for him not to do this. Then thereâ€™s pressure from Rwandans for him to run. Who should he listen to? I think the answer is obvious,â€ Kantengwa said.
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