Uganda’s ruling party backs Museveni for another term

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Members of parliament from Uganda’s ruling party have given their backing for  President Yoweri Museveni to run for another term in charge.

Another election win for Museveni in 2021 could extend the 74-year-old’s rule to 40 years, making him one of the longest-serving leaders in Africa. Last year, the government removed constitutional restrictions that would have prevented Museveni from running in further elections due to his age.

Ruling party backs Museveni for another term

On Sunday, lawmakers from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) agreed to “strongly recommend to the membership of the NRM, our national leadership organs, the continuation in leadership of both state and party up to 2021 and beyond – our beloved leader, General Yoweri K. Museveni.”

By securing the support of his ruling party, Museveni has significantly increased his chances of being nominated as its candidate for the 2021 vote.

Museveni’s government has twice changed the country’s constitution to facilitate his ongoing election runs. In 2005, it removed a two-year term limit that would have prevented Museveni from securing his third term in power. Then, last year, it voted to scrap an age limit of 75 for presidential candidates that would have stopped him from running in the country’s next election.

“This can not be the point to let go of our visionary and unifier,” NRM said on Sunday.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.