Belfast Telegraph

Home News World

Brawl in Uganda parliament amid debate over limits to presidential terms

A fight broke out in Uganda's parliament as politicians discussed legislation that could extend the president's decades-long hold on power.

The altercation came when opposition politicians accused a colleague on the government side of carrying a gun.

A brawl then broke out in which opponents pushed and punched each other.

A motion was being introduced to remove a constitutional provision that prevents anyone over the age of 75 from running for president.

The move is seen as an effort by President Yoweri Museveni, who at 73 is ineligible to run for re-election in 2021, to extend his rule.

The bill has raised tensions in the East African country that has never seen a peaceful change of power since independence from Britain in 1962.

Mr Museveni has held power since 1986.

AP

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph