Rwanda court backs President Kagame’s third term bid

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Rwanda’s Supreme Court has ruled in favour of changing the constitution and dismissed the case brought by the opposition Green Party protesting at moves to allow President Paul Kagame to run for a third seven-year term.

“The petition… has no basis and is hereby dismissed,” the AFP news agency quotes Chief Justice Sam Rugege as saying.

MPs agreed to change the constitution in July and to hold a national referendum on the issue.

“Denying the free will of the people to choose how they are governed is not democratic, rather it is the opposite,” the judge said

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