KAMPALA, Uganda – Officials with Uganda’s ruling party passed a resolution to remove the age limit on the presidency so President Yoweri Museveni can run again.
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Museveni, now 71, would be ineligible to seek re-election in 2021 because the constitution bars anyone older than 75 to serve. He has been president since 1986.Follow @newslexpoint
The Kyankwanzi National Resistance Movement passed a resolution
During a meeting at the Kyankwanzi State Lodge at the National Leadership Institute, the Kyankwanzi district leaders told Museveni that they want the limit removed.
Museveni said that he would consult with the NRM Central Executive Committee and the NRM leadership.
If the Constitution is amended and he wins re-election, his rule would be extended to 40 years.
Museveni was declared the winner of the previous election in February with 60 percent of the vote. Kizza Besigye, who came second with 35 percent of the vote, said the election’s integrity was undermined by rigging, intimidation by security personnel and voter bribery.
“Museveni has an absolute majority in parliament, these legislators do not have the courage to resist what Museveni wants,” said Nicholas Opiyo,6] a Kampala-based political analyst and human rights lawyer, to Voice of America.
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