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Uganda Supreme Court upholds decision
to lift age limit for running for presidency

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a decision by the Constitutional Court that the country’s parliament did not err in the removal of the age limits for one to run for presidency.

"By a majority decision of 4 to 3, the decision of the Constitutional Court is upheld and this appeal therefore fails," said Chief Justice Bart Katureebe in a ruling that was broadcast live.

In December 2017, the Constitutional Court judges ruled 4-1 that the parliament’s removal of the age limit of 75 years as maximum and 35 years as minimum for one to run for presidency did not contravene the constitution.

Opposition legislators, civil society organizations and Uganda Law Society filed an appeal at the Supreme Court to challenge the judges’ decision.
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EARLIER REPORT:

Ugandan court starts hearing of presidential age limit appeal

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda’s Supreme Court on Tuesday began the hearing of an appeal challenging a controversial bill signed into law for the removal of the presidential age limit of 75 years.

A panel of seven judges led by Chief Justice Bart Katureebe commenced the two-day hearing of the petitioners’ oral submissions seeking to annul the July 27, 2018 Constitutional Court decision to uphold parliament’s removal of presidential age limit.

The Constitutional Court judges in their four to one ruling said that parliament’s removal of 75 years as maximum and 35 years as minimum for one to run for presidency did not contravene the country’s Constitution.

Opposition legislators, Uganda Law Society and independent lawyer Male Mabirizi in September last year filed an appeal seeking to quash the majority ruling of the Constitutional Court.

           

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