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Ugandan president hails lawmakers over presidential age limit vote

KAMPALA (Xinhua) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday saluted his ruling party’s lawmakers for voting on the disputed constitutional amendment bill for removing the presidential age limit of 75 years.

Museveni while delivering the New Year message hailed the 317 National Resistance Movement (NRM) for defying opposition to amend for a flexible constitution.

“Liars who talk of life presidency of Museveni should be exposed. They are uninformed or schemers who don’t want Uganda and Africa to succeed,” said Museveni.

“The 317 MPs should deepen their understanding of NRM ideology, get out of careerism and become durable soldiers of African Revolution. They should boldly and persistently mobilize the masses to get out of poverty,” he said.

A total of 317 lawmakers, mainly his from the NRM party, voted to scrap the presidential age limit of 75 years, which now allows Museveni to run in the 2021 elections.

The NRM has used its numerical strength in Parliament to attain the two-thirds majority, which was 289 lawmakers out of the 434 to pass the new law after the third reading.

The bill, which now awaits for Museveni assent also entrenched the two five-year presidential term limits.

Uganda once had the presidential term limits but were scrapped off in 2005 amid accusations that the move was meant to favor President Museveni.

The legislators also voted to extend their parliamentary and local government term of office from the current five years to seven years, starting with the current term, which was set to expire in 2021.

             

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