President Kagame Thanks Rwandans For Referendum Vote
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Rwandan president Paul Kagame has thanked the nation for voting in a referendum last week that overwhelmingly backed constitutional changes to remove his presidential term limits. The vote could see Kagame stay in power until 2034. However, during his post-referendum speech, Kagame did not say if he will seek re-election in 2017. If he does decide to run, the new law could give Kagame another 7-year term and two 5-year terms after that. Friday's referendum, in which 98 percent of those casting ballots voted "yes", drew criticism from Western powers, who worry about the growing list of African leaders, who have been seeking to extend their time in office. Kagame has been president since 2000, but he has effectively been in control since his rebel force marched into Kigali, to end the 1994 genocide.

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