Rwanda’s Kagame rules out third term

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KIGALI — Rwandan President Paul Kagame, fresh from his re-election in August, says he has no intention of altering the country’s constitution so he can seek a third term in office.

President Kagame was quoted by AFP as saying that he has no need for a new mandate. What he needs and what his government need is to continue on the path of development. He told his former senior officials in his government speech on Saturday.

“Those who seek a third term seek a fourth and then a fifth term,” added Kagame in his address, two months after a resounding election victory.

Although he is embarking on a second term in office, Kagame has effectively governed Rwanda since his rebel force ended the country’s 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. He took part in the first post-genocide government as vice president and defence minister.
Having been elected president by parliament in 2000, he won presidential elections in 2003, before cruising to a second term in August.

Kagame said it would be a mark of failure if he did not find a suitable replacement before the end of his mandate expires in seven years’ time. Under Rwanda’s constitution, a president can only serve two full terms.

“That (failing to find a successor) would be my failure and not yours. And it would not be a reason to seek a third mandate,” he said.

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    November 2, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    i don’t think KAGAME can seek the third mandate as he is clear in his speech, saying that who seeks the third mandate can also seek the fourth and so on. accordin to his speech and conference nothing shows that he has that intention of changing the constitution in order to get third mandate,
    so my question is this, people who say that he is seeking the third mandate or that he wants to change the constitution. where do they get this information from?
    all i know and what can be seen is that, KAGAME is in the path of development.

  2. Robert Mugabe

    November 3, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    How much do you trust politicians and there speech Hassan? M7 had said 4times and wrote it in his book. but at last he had to change the constitution and lift term limits.
    however, Prsident Paul Kagame, he has many times proved his word but again there is still a big window of doubt until time comes.
    this changing of the Constitution has become as a chronic deases to African leaders.

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