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FRANCE 24 | Millions of Rwandans have signed a petition to allow President Paul Kagame a third term in office

Despite opposition Washington and many at home, millions of Rwandans have signed a petition calling for an amendment to the country’s constitution to allow President Paul Kagame to stand for a third term.

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Kagame, who first took power in 2000, is restricted to two consecutive seven-year terms under the country’s current laws.

But with the end of Kagame’s second term coming up in 2017, millions of Rwandans have signed a petition demanding that the constitution be amended to give him the right to seek a third term in office.

There are some, however, who believe the petition is a government ploy to extend Kagame’s power.

Kagame has been largely credited with boosting the country’s economic growth as it recovered from the 1994 Rwandan genocide, which claimed the lives of 800,000 people.

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