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2-6 July, 2015

Media Monitoring Report for Rwanda (2-6 July, 2015)
Posted on July 17, 2015

Compiled by Berta Fürstová

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1. Constitution amendement: Lawyer representing an opposition party scared to get in court


Constitution amendement: Lawyer representing an opposition party scared to get in court

Private but pro-government newspapers

The New Times, 9th July 2015  “Term limits: Green Party fails to get lawyer in court petition” by Times Reporter

  • Democratic Green Party asked the Supreme Court for adjournement of the case in which the Rwanda’s opposition party demands to halt a referendum to amend the Constitution, particularly the Article that sets presidential limits.
  • Green Party vice president Carine Maombi said they did not have a lawyer because he only pulled out of the case the morning before the beginning of the court, claiming he was scared to represent them.
  • Aimable Marara, one of the state attorneys, who represented the Government, said: “This shows lack of seriousness on the part of the petitioner. It is very clear they made this application to get a platform for their political expediency. To them, it was never a legal matter; this is basis enough for court to consider dismissing the case at this stage.”
  • Maombi asked for adjournment of the case to January next year, however, the judges ruled to postpone the case to July 29.

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