Senegal’s President Macky Sall has reneged on his electoral campaign promise and recently affirmed decision to cut the presidential term limit to five years and he will now complete a seven-year mandate that runs until 2019.
Early last year, President Sall proposed the idea to amend the country’s constitution through a referendum to reduce the presidential term from seven years to five, while maintaining the two terms limit.
To avert a costly referendum, last month Sall decided to reduce his term limits without a public vote. However, the 54 year-old Sall will now serve his full seven-year term after a recommendation by the country’s constitutional council.
In a statement announcing the development, Sall reportedly said: “The mandate currently under way will be completed in 2019,”
“Respecting the decision of the constitutional council and our institutions is an essential condition for a better democracy and a vigorous and lasting rule of law”.
However, Sall added that reducing the mandate of the president and other proposed constitutional changes and reforms will be determined in a referendum in March. The changes will come in effect after the first term ends.
If the term reduction is endorsed in the March referendum and Sall wins a second term, barring a term extension, he will effectively be in power for 12 years.
Term limits are a controversial issue in Africa. While some European and Western countries have continued to criticise leaders who extend their term in office, some African leaders continue to scoff at the criticism as unwarranted political interference.
Source: ib times
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36 years: Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe.
33 years: Paul Biya, Cameroon.
30 years: Yoweri Museveni, Uganda.
30 years: King Mswati III, Swaziland.
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25 years: Idriss Deby, Chad.
24 years: Isaias Afwerki, Eritrea.
21 years: Yahya Jammeh, The Gambia.