There is mounting concern in Africa about a lack of leadership as well as an increasing trend of hard-won democratic rights being reversed. One way this is being done is through presidential term limits being abandoned, or extended. This in turn is leading to a reemergence of authoritarian politics, and political violence writes Cheryl Hendricks and Gabriel Ngah Kiven for The Conversation.
Presidential Term Limits - Slippery Slope Back to Authoritarianism in Africa
The Conversation Africa, 17 May 2018
There is mounting concern in Africa about a lack of leadership as well as an increasing trend of hard-won democratic rights being reversed. One way this is being done is through… Read more »
Some African leaders with 20 years in power, from top left to bottom right: Omar al-Bashir, Sudan; Idress Deby Itno, Chad; Yoweri Museveni, Uganda; King Mswati III, Swaziland; Denis Sassou Nguesso, Republic of the Congo; Paul Biya, Cameroon; Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe; Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, Angola; Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasongo, Equatorial Guinea.
Democracy in Peril - Burundi's Referendum Will Cement Nkurunziza's Grip On Power
The Conversation Africa, 16 May 2018
The citizens of Burundi, the small country in Central Africa that borders Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are about to vote in a controversial… Read more »
Burundi Votes in Referendum to Keep Nkurunziza in Power
RFI, 17 May 2018
Burundi votes Thursday in a referendum on sweeping changes to the constitution that will allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in power until 2034. Read more »
Burundians Living in Nairobi Vote in Country's Referendum
Nairobi News, 17 May 2018
Hundreds of Burundians living in Nairobi on Thursday lined up at the International Life House to participate in a referendum on the country's presidential term. Read more »
Citizens Kept in the Dark Ahead of Controversial Referendum
Fahamu, 16 May 2018
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has intensified his brutal campaign to stay in power by stifling international news reporting of his government's repressive actions, events… Read more »
Burundians are going to the polls to vote in a constitutional referendum set to allow Pierre Nkurunziza, president since the end of the country's civil war in 2005, an opportunity ... Read more »
As Burundians prepare to vote on a proposal to extend the president's term in office from five to seven years, activists are calling for more effective sanctions and other ... Read more »
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