Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni supports extending a president’s term to seven years from five. He said this on Wednesday but one critic said any such move would help enable one of Africa’s longest serving leaders to rule for life.

Museveni did not directly propose that term limits be stretched in Uganda but instead said extending the time between elections would give African leaders more opportunity to promote development because they would not be distracted by politics.

“For these countries with all these problems … five years is just a joke,” a statement from the presidency quoted Museveni as saying. “Leaders in Africa have much more to do and need adequate time (between elections) to develop the continent.”

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