Rwanda vote 'allows Kagame to extend term'

KIGALI - Rwandans have voted overwhelmingly to allow President Paul Kagame to extend his term in office, initial referendum results show.

Some 98% of voters support changing the constitution to allow him to run again in 2017 after his second term ends, the National Electoral Commission said.

Mr Kagame, 58, could remain in power until 2034 if the changes are passed.

The vote took place despite criticism of such an amendment by the US and other Western donors.

Rwanda's electoral commission said 21 out of 30 districts had published results so far, covering about 70% of voters.

Full results are due to be released later on Saturday.

Mr Kagame has not said if he will run again, but he is widely expected to.

Asked at the polling station if he would stay on, he said: "What is happening is the people's choice. Ask people why they want me."

Comments (4)

Another civil war on the cards

sindiso - 21 December 2015

Another civil war on the cards

sindiso - 21 December 2015

the western leaders, 'the paragons of democracy' are always opposed to true democracy in Africa if it does not suit their evil global hegemonic vision. Why cant they accept the voice of Rwandans? They obviously would embrace another genocide to prove that Africans can only be properly governed by 'western' leaders.

Aggrey Gumisai - 3 January 2016

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