ACCRA, 17 December 2020 – About 75 percent of Africans want firm presidential term limits, according to a poll by the Accra-based Afrobarometer.
Thirty-five of Africa’s 55 countries have constitutional term limits.
A total of 21 African leaders have left power at the end of their constitutional term limits in 14 African countries.
Benin, Botswana, Cape Verde, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia are among the countries whose leaders have strictly abided by the term limits.
There are no constitutional term limits in Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Lesotho, Libya, Morocco, Somalia and Eswantini.
Mostly French-speaking African countries like Angola, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Seychelles, Madagascar, Mali, Togo, Tunisia and Zimbabwe are among those that have found ways of initiating term limits.