White House urges Rwanda's Kagame to respect term limits

Rwandan President Paul Kagame speaks to journalists after voting in Kigali on December 18, 2015 in a referendum to amend the constitution allowing him to rule until 2034The White House on Saturday urged Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame to respect existing limits on his term in office, after a voters in a national referendum approved sweeping them aside. “The United States is disappointed that a referendum was called on short notice to amend the Rwandan constitution and introduce exceptions to term limits,” a White House statement said. Election officials citing national referendum results said Rwandans had overwhelmingly voted to change the constitution to allow Kagame, 58, to potentially rule until 2034.

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