Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, has expressed interest in running for a fourth term in the 2024 elections.

The statement was made by President Paul Kagame in an interview that he granted a French-language news magazine, Jeune Afrique, published on Instagram on 20th September 2023.

Rwandan President, Paul Kagame

A former rebel Chief, he has been regarded as the country’s de facto leader, since the end of the 1994 genocide

The Rwandan government resolved in March 2023 to hold the country’s Legislative and Presidential elections on the same day in August 2024

President Kagame

Kagame is one of many African leaders who have extended their terms in office by pushing for term limit modifications.

In a referendum in 2015, Rwandans chose to remove the two-term restriction. If Kagame wins a five-year term in 2024 elections and then another, he may hold onto power until 2034.

Kagame, 65, has been serving as President since taking office in 2000, he won a third term in 2017 with more than 98% of the votes.

Story: Hilda Katu

Media: Instagram @Jeune Afrique