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Museveni signs age limit bill into law

President Museveni has signed he controversial age limit passed by Parliament into law. File photo.

President Museveni has signed the controversial age limit bill recently passed by Parliament into law.

Parliament on December 20, 2017 overwhelmingly voted in favour of the bill by 317 MPs against 97 to change the Constitution and remove the 75-year age cap on the Presidency.

The MPs also voted to extend the term of MPs from five to seven years.

Linda Nabusayi, the President’s press secretary, confirmed the development, saying Pesident Museveni signed the bill into an Act of Parliament on December 27 before sending communication on December 29, 2017.

This, therefore, means that President Museveni, 73, is eligible to run for another term of office come 2021 when his current term expires.

The signing comes amid calls from religious leaders and political activists, urging the President to return the bill to Parliament.

The age limit bill that is now law is a brain child of Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi.

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