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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni speaks during an interview, New York, May 5, 2015 (AP photo by Bebeto Matthews).

Uganda’s Museveni Succeeds Where Others Fail in Eluding Term Limits

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

KAMPALA, Uganda—As Burundi’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza, is learning, subverting constitutional term limits can be a tricky business. In April, Nkurunziza announced he would be running for a third stint ahead of a June vote, despite a constitutional limit of two terms. His announcement was met with immediate protests, still ongoing, and an attempted coup. The election is now delayed until at least July.

His counterparts in nearby Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo must be watching warily. Both are about to bump up against their own term caps—the DRC’s Joseph Kabila next year and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame in 2017. And both have intimated some interest in sticking around. ...

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