Rwanda’s Kagame ‘praises’ constitutional referendum

The new constitution allows him power until 2034, but he has not said if he will contest 2017 elections.

FILE: Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - Rwandan President Paul Kagame's praised a constitutional referendum giving him the ability to stay in power until 2034.

However, he's stopped short of saying whether he'll contest the elections due in 2017.

A whopping 98 percent of voters supported Rwanda's new constitution.

There was no international observation of the referendum.

In his State of the Nation address, Kagame says no individual is forever.

But there cannot be a term limit on values, institutions or progress.

The United State and European United have denounced the president's tampering with the Constitution.