Uganda: removal of presidential age limit

On Wednesday 21 December 2017, the Ugandan parliament finally voted in favour of eliminating the presidential age limit of 75 years.

The “Age Limit Bill”, which raises several doubts, further extends the terms of office for the president and the parliament from five to seven years.

In this way, then, the current president of the country, Yoweri Museveni, is allowed to run again for the presidency in 2023, as he would no longer be too old to candidate again for the next election.

Two legislators were arrested as they tried to access parliament and give the speaker the court summons. The court orders were filed to bring to light the suspension of six parliament members that were not allowed to vote during the age limit debate in parliament. The legislators have petitioned the High Court in order to be let back into parliament to serve their summons.

Opponents manifested their intention to challenge the amendment, affirming that it violates the country’s constitution and against the will of Uganda’s people. 75 percent of the public, they added, has voted against the new presidential amendments.

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