Why Term Limits Matter for Africa

In this blog post by Joseph Siegle, Africa has a problem of presidents not leaving office when it’s time to do so.  The latest illustration of this is the maneuvering of Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza. After 10 years in office, he is attempting to stay on for a third five-year term – in contravention of Burundi’s constitution that limits presidents to two five-year terms.

Joseph Siegle, Director of Research of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, reflects on the impact of Presidents overriding their legitimate terms. 

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