Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has signed a law that scraps a 75-year age cap for presidential candidates, a spokesman for parliament said on Tuesday. The critics say this is a move that will allow him to remain in power indefinitely. Museveni, 73, has ruled Uganda for 31 years and could now stand again in the next election, due in 2021, in spite increased public anger over corruption, human rights violations and poor social services.
Parliament, controlled by Museveni’s ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), approved the constitutional amendment on Dec. 22 amid heavy security deployments across the capital Kampala and outside parliament. “It has been signed into law,” spokesman Chris Obore said, adding that the president had done so on Dec. 27. Museveni’s move quickly drew criticism from his political opponents, religious leaders, human rights activists and even some members of the ruling party.