Uganda parliament scraps presidential age limit

Uganda’s parliament has approved a constitutional change that will allow the current president to run for an unprecedented sixth term in office.

It means 73-year-old President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled for more than 30 years, can seek re-election in 2021.

The controversial age limit bill was passed after passing through the three legislative stages and being put to a final vote – 315 Members of Parliament (MPs) voted in favour, 62 against with 2 abstentions.

In 2005 a two-term limit was scrapped, allowing Museveni to stand for a third term.

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