The Africa Report - - BRIEFING -

Some African lead­ers are find­ing it hard to or­gan­ise elec­tions and be­come pres­i­dents for-life (see page 18). Re­main­ing in power for more than two terms used to be the norm, but there is now a strong trend de­vel­op­ing that op­poses long-stay pres­i­dents. Op­po­si­tion­ists in Togo are putting pres­sure on Pres­i­dent Faure Gnass­ingbé to in­tro­duce term lim­its. Mean­while Bu­rundi’s Pierre Nku­run­z­iza suc­cess­fully swept term lim­its away in May, open­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of his stay­ing in power un­til 2034. Many eyes are on the DRC, where Pres­i­dent Joseph Ka­bila has over­stayed the end of his man­date and is de­lay­ing elec­tions.

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