Case Challenging Uganda's Presidential Age Limit Thrown Out

The East African Court of Justice in Tanzania has dismissed with costs, the case brought by Ugandan lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi, challenging parliament's amendment of the constitution which removed the Ugandan presidential age limit of 75. The court dismissed the submission that the violence exhibited in parliament during the tabling of the Age Limit Bill, should invalidate the legislative process. The justices also ruled that there was no violation of the East African Treaty committed by the Supreme Court of Uganda, in regard to judicial ethics and process. The bill was passed in parliament in 2017. This will enable incumbent Yoweri Museveni, 76, who has been in power since 1986, to stand for re-election.

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