Mathias Hounkpe

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Across Africa, there is often the argument by regime supporters that the constitution should be amended to extend the rule of the incumbent because he is doing a splendid job. Of course opponents of the regime reject this. But, objectively, should “successful” leaders continue in office indefinitely for the good of the people?

Africa has long endured the elitist rule of the ‘president for life’, under whose leadership governments have grown grossly unaccountable and corrupt. For the continent to realise effective democracies, presidential term limits must be imposed to ensure the political class is accountable to the citizens.