Ugandan lawmakers passed contentious legislation that removes the age limit for candidates running for president. This is seen as an attempt by President Yoweri Museveni, to continue his long standing rule.
The legislation removes a measure in the constitution that prevented anyone younger than 35 or older than 75 from holding the presidency. Museveni would have been too old to run in the 2021 election, but now he can.
Journalist Crystal Orderson says that this ruling essentially guarantees Museveni a life long presidency. She adds that this decision could spark conflict.
We saw the run up to this controversial amendment there were fights, there were suspensions, MPs were arrested. At the end of the day Museveni's party up holded and now its all systems go.— Crystal Orderson, Journalist
Its going to be very interesting to see how the public reacts. To the run up to this students were protesting, people were protesting.— Crystal Orderson, Journalist
In other African news, Liberia will be having a presidential election on 26 December. Orderson they have cleaned up the system and it looks like things may go well.
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This article first appeared on 702 : 'Ugandan president could rule for the rest of his life'