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Rwanda’s second Senate concludes eight-year term of office

KIGALI, Rwanda– Several members of Rwanda’s second Senate ended their eight-year term of office on Thursday, as newly elected members prepare to assume office this month.

The Rwandan Senate has 26 members.  Of that number, 18 senators have concluded their term, while six others will end their term next year, according to a statement issued by the parliament on Thursday.

Another two senators did not serve their entire term of office because of death or the appointment to other positions in government, the statement added.

The country’s new senators will serve a five-year term, which can be renewed once after a constitutional amendment in 2015 shortened the eight-year non-renewable term.

last month, Rwanda held three-day senatorial elections where 14 senators from Rwanda’s four provinces, the capital city Kigali and higher learning institutions, were elected.

The National Consultative Forum of Political Organizations, a platform that brings together 11 political parties in Rwanda for the purposes of political dialogue, consensus-building, and national cohesion, designated the remaining four seats.

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