Rwandan people listen to parliamentarians ahead of the constitutional referendum to allow President Paul Kagame to run for a third term in 2017, in Kigali on December 16, 2015. / AFP / STEPHANIE AGLIETTI
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Rwandans abroad were voting Thursday in a referendum to amend the constitution allowing President Paul Kagame to rule until 2034, a day ahead of the main vote inside the country.The constitutional amendment -- passed by parliament last month -- reduces presidential terms to five years and maintains a two-term limit, but makes an exception for Kagame."The voters began voting abroad at 7:00 local time," election commission spokesman Moise Bukasa said. Some 28,000 people are registered to vote overseas, while another 6.4 million are eligible to cast their ballots across the nation in the main election Friday. Kagame has run Rwanda since his ethnic Tutsi rebel army, the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF), ended a 1994 genocide by extremists from the Hutu majority, in which an estimated 800,000 people were massacred, the vast majority of them Tutsis.
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