Effort under way to allow Uganda president to rule for life

A presidential spokesman in Uganda says some ruling party officials want to remove the age limit on the presidency so long-time President Yoweri Museveni can run again.

Museveni, who took power by force in 1986, was re-elected in a disputed election in February. His current term expires in 2021.

Presidential spokesman Don Wanyama said Wednesday that a group of party officials recently presented a petition to Museveni calling for the age limit's removal.

Museveni, who turns 72 later this year, is constitutionally barred from running again but can seek re-election if lawmakers throw out the age clause.

In 2005, Museveni benefited from similar efforts by lawmakers who voted to remove term limits on the presidency.