Museveni supports extending presidential term limit to 7 years
Wednesday December 6 2017
Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni. He said on Wednesday that he supports extending a president’s term to seven years from five. PHOTO FILE | NATION
Museveni did not directly propose that term limits be stretched in Uganda but instead said extending the time between elections would give African leaders more opportunity to promote development because they would not be distracted by politics.
The government has proposed a change to the constitution that would enable the 73-year-old leader to stand in 2021 by scrapping a limit on the age of a presidential candidate.
Museveni fought his way to power in 1986 and has won a series of elections, the most recent of which was in 2016. His opponents say the government uses repression to stay in power and rigs elections.