Rwanda’s Achilles’ heel: there is no back-up plan to Kagame

Susan Thomson, Colgate University Rwandan President Paul Kagame New Year’s Eve announcement that he will run for a third term as president came as no surprise to most observers of the tiny central African country. It was widely expected after a national referendum approved constitutional changes that allow Kagame to run his authoritarian, single-party state …

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The changes made to Rwanda’s constitution are peculiar – here’s why

Filip Reyntjens, University of Antwerp A two-year process to secure a constitutional amendment allowing Rwandan President Kagame to run for a third term finally ended in mid-December with 98.3% voter approval. The country’s 2003 constitution had limited the number of terms a president could sit to two. The campaign for the change was run by …

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Rwanda: Paul Kagame is in line to stay in office until 2034

Claudine Vidal, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) – PSL On 31 December 2015, in his greetings to the nation, Rwandan president Paul Kagame announced that he would run a third term. You asked me to continue to lead this country after 2017. Given its importance to you, I can only accept. A …

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Africa News Headlines for 16 January 2016

A selection of news headlines about Africa south of the Sahara published over the past 24 hours. India scouts for oil and gas assets in Africa on crude price fall Source: Economic Times Gabon’s Ping Chosen As Main Opposition Candidate For 2016 Polls Source: Leadership SPLM-IO leadership recalls back to Pagak senior members of advance …

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Africa News Headlines for 10 January 2016

A selection of Africa news headlines from publications around the globe over the past 24 hours. Years After Its Curfew Killed Theater, Ghana Gets A Second Act Source: NPR/Goats and Soda Conflict in South Sudan has ended: Ramaphosa Source: SABC Netflix now available all over Africa Source: Africa IT News Oishi eyes South African market …

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