Paul Kagame to seek reelection in 2024 for a fourth term as president of Rwanda, hints at running the country for another 20 years
Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame has been in power for two decades and has said he would consider remaining in office for another 20 years.
Speaking in an interview with a French TV channel Paul Kagame said he would stand for president again in the next election in 2024.
“I would consider running for another 20 years. I have no problem with that. Elections are about people choosing,” Mr. Kagame said.
The 64-year-old came to power after rebel forces helped end the Rwandan genocide that killed about a million people.
Since then, Kagame has been re-elected three consecutive times on a seven-year term, as is stipulated by the Constitution in the Central African nation, both in 2003 and 2017.
In 2015 he changed the constitution, allowing him to stay until 2034.
In the last presidential election five years ago, official figures showed he won 99% of the vote, which many outside the country dismissed as a sham.
Kagame has positioned himself as a champion of development, but his critics say he maintains a tight grip over what is an authoritarian regime.
President Kagame however has fiercely defended Rwanda’s record on human rights.