n African Journal of Democracy and Governance - Monarchies présidentielles et révisions constitutionnelles : le syndrome du troisième mandat ou d'une présidence à vie dans les États-membres de l'Union africaine

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2313-6529


This article reflects on the presidential 'third term syndrome' and the tendency of a number of incumbent African Presidents to behave as monarchs, to cling to power and run their countries in violation of the Constitution. As a result, some constitutional or 'republics' have or are being turned into presidential monarchies which were or are being established in the total indifference and even with the support of some foreign 'democratic' leaders. African people are reminded of their duty to oppose the establishment of any presidential monarchy on the continent and their primary responsibility to defend their constitution, which is the supreme law of the land. The author stresses the importance of the constitution, particularly its non-revisable provisions, as a mechanism to prevent the establishment of presidential monarchies in Africa where leaders should learn that there is 'life after the presidency'.

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