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    Uganda's Museveni hails removal of presidential age limit

    APA-Kampala (Uganda)

    Uganda's President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has welcomed the passing of the controversial 'age limit' bill seeking to amend article 102 (b) of the constitution to remove the presidential age cap.

    It would be recalled that on 20th December, a section of legislators voted to remove the 35 years minimum and 75 years maximum cap for anyone intending to stand for the presidency.

    A total of 317 MPs voted in favour of the bill, while 97 voted against it. Two members abstained from the vote.

    The legislators opposed to the amendment said it was tabled in bad faith as it sought to entrench Museveni's rule, which would have otherwise ended in 2021 as he would be 76 years and ineligible to stand for the presidency.

    In his end of year message, President Museveni praised the 317 legislators who supported the amendments saying they played a great role when the country was at crossroads.

    Museveni compared the 317 MPs to the role played by the 27 fighters who started the war that brought him to power 31 years ago.
    He rubbished those arguing that age limit removal would create room for his life presidency, saying they are "uninformed evil schemers who do not want Uganda and Africa to succeed".


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