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Ugandan Lawmakers Have Brawled Two Days In a Row Over Debates About the Presidential Age Limit

Debates over the presidential age limit in Uganda has led to physical altercations between MPs in the House for two days in a row.

Things are getting spectacularly intense as Uganda's government debates raising the presidential age limit.

Lawmakers have come to actual blows over a proposed change to the constitution which would allow for the country's long-standing leader, President Yoweri Museveni, to run for re-election after the age of 75.

The argument was so heated that meetings have resulted in flat-out brawls between lawmakers. Video footage of MPs pushing, shoving, kicking and throwing chairs and microphone stands at one another have been circulating on social media. Reuters reports that at least two female MPs were carried out of the chambers after collapsing during Wednesday's hearing, and 25 other members—who were standing in opposition to the proposed extension—were forcibly removed for their involvement in the previous day's scuffles.

The countries communication regulator banned live broadcasts of the meeting after Tuesday's disruption, but clips of today's session have been shared on Twitter.

Parliament communications director Chris Obore told Reuters that the motion to lift the age curb had passed, and that MPs from the ruling party had been given a month to submit a bill for review in the House.

Removing the presidential age barrier in the country, which currently stands at 75, would allow for 73-year-old Museveni to remain in power beyond 2021 when the country's next elections are scheduled. He's been in office since 1986.

The highly contested motion, also referred to as the "life presidency bill," sparked mass protests in the country staring earlier this month. Protestors have been tear gassed during demonstrations and a number of local journalists have been arrested.

 

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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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