Will they, won't they? Africa's third-term presidents

By Kevin McCann

17 May 2016: Peace Direct's Local Peacebuilding Experts come together to discuss key issues in a new series of reports. In the first edition, they look at the phenomenon of 'third term' presidents in Africa.

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Today we launch a new series of reports from Peace Direct’s Local Peacebuilding Experts. Focusing on five different countries around Africa, the first edition discusses what happens when presidents and prime ministers outstay their welcome.

In DR Congo, Maguy Libebele says, Joseph Kabila is making people nervous. He needs to make a clear statement of intent on when the next elections will take place, and if he will stand. The same uncertainty is making for a lively debate in Sierra Leone, according to Abdul Brima, while in Burkina Faso, Boris Somé discusses the key role civil society organisations played in overseeing a transitional government – but the risk that they might overstep the mark. In Chad, Bouyo Séverin speaks to campaigners about how Idriss Déby has managed to stay in power for 25 years, while in Burundi, our anonymous Local Correspondent paints in vivid detail a picture of what can happen when things go wrong.

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Comments

alain on May 17, 2016, 1:40 p.m.

Hello Kevin, This is a good question, and good questions lead to new insights. Good questions also question usual answers. I am looking forward to seeing this when I read the report (:)). It is interesting viewing the multiplicity of cases as an opportunity for spotting an emerging pattern. How can we make sense of this obsession for power? What aspects are new in this trand? In our countries, not people, but political parties have been doing the same -soemtuimpes worse, litterally hyjacking the access to politics. We can see the results thereof now... best a a

Tesfaye on May 17, 2016, 1:59 p.m.

Obama was here in Addis Ababa last June, and advised his peers in Africa to respect presidential term limits for the good of the continent. The implementation of Obama's advice is vital for the development of democratic culture in Africa.

Isibibor Onyeka on May 25, 2016, 5:56 p.m.

African Presidents have the mentality of kings. They never want to step down from their hallowed positions because they feel it's their birthrights. That is why they cling on to the reins of political office until they are chased out by people power.

Isibibor Onyeka on June 4, 2016, 1:41 p.m.

The citizens of African nations are largely to blame for the seat-tight mentality of their rulers. unlike the practice in more democratic climes, where the popular sovereigns are the true wielders of political power, Africans, by their docility and rank tolerance of the intransigences of their dictatorial rulers, have left their destinies in the hands of fate. If they want freedom from the villainous dispositions of their rulers, Africans must rise up non-violently in one accord to massively challenge, with intent to overthrow, the demon-possessed demagogues who have turned their continent into a laughing stock in the global committee of nations. There are several non-violent, democratic ways this can be done.