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Term-limit changes the biggest threat to democracy in Africa?
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Politics and Society Term-limit changes the biggest threat to democracy in Africa?

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (92) is famous for quirky responses when asked why he has stayed in power since 1980. Asked by journalists whether it isn’t time he said farewell to the people of Zimbabwe, he replied: ‘Why, where are they going?’ On a serious note, he also angrily told journalists who asked about his decades-long presidency: ‘Have you ever asked the Queen that question, or is it just for African leaders?’ According to Mugabe: ‘Only God who appointed me can remove me’. Are term-limit changes a threat to democracy in Africa?

The Africa we want: Social media reflections on Africa Day
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Politics and Society The Africa we want: Social media reflections on Africa Day

As Africans across the continent and world celebrate Africa Day, we asked our readers what the day mean for them and to evaluate the progress which has been made to develop the continent. The responses have ranged from messages of optimism, pride at our African cultures and identities. The optimism of a better Africa is punctuated of course by sentiments of disillusionment and betrayal and calls for self introspection. We take a look at some of the messages on social media on Africa Day.

Kofi Annan advices African leaders to handover power after serving mandated terms
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Politics and Society Kofi Annan advices African leaders to handover power after serving mandated terms

Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan has called on African leaders to leave office after serving their mandated constitutional terms. Annan warned that while the number of coups have reduced, some leaders are “creating situations which may bring them back,” by clinging on and staying on for too long. Against the background of Annan’s observation, We look at some of the countries which have experienced coups or attempted coups since 2010.