Many in Tanzania are currently calling to extend presidential term limits from five to seven years. However, President John Magufuli rejects these calls and proclaims he will not attempt to pursue an extension in term limits while in office. In Gambia, President Adama Barrow, after a hard fought battle for office, has promised a bill limiting term limits to two. Stories such as these are refreshing and give hope to democracy as they differ greatly from many other African countries and leaders. For instance, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda was reelected for a third term last year after changing the country’s constitution, and just last month President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, with the help of Parliament, managed to lift the age limit for presidential candidates. AFJN applauds leaders like Magufuli and Barrow for respecting their countries’ constitutions and upholding presidential term limits.
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