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US condemns Kagame move to run for third term as Rwanda president

Rwandan President Paul Kagame said on January 1, 2016 he would run for a third term in office in 2017 in line with a constitution amendment which won overwhelming backing in a referendumThe United States hit out at Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s decision to run for a third term, saying it was “deeply disappointed” and concerned by the move. “With this decision, President Kagame ignores a historic opportunity to reinforce and solidify the democratic institutions the Rwandan people have for more than 20 years labored so hard to establish,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. Kagame, once a darling of the West, said Friday he would run again in line with a constitutional amendment which won overwhelming backing in a referendum.

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