Annan tells African leaders to leave when time is up
He raised concern some leaders had overstayed their terms resulting in deadly crisis around the continent.
“If a leader doesn’t want to leave office, if a leader stays on for too long, and elections are seen as being gamed to suit a leader and he stays term after term after term, the tendency may be the only way to get him out is through a coup or people taking to the streets,” Annan said at a high level forum on security in Africa.
The summit was held in Bahir Dar in Ethiopia.
Annan, now an international diplomat, said that while unconstitutional changes to government on the continent had reduced, exclusionary politics threatened to reverse the gains made.
“Neither approach can be seen as an alternative to democracy, to elections or to parliamentary rule. Constitutions and the rules of the game have to be respected,” he said.
Annan Africa had done well to minimize coups but warned some countries were creating situations which might lead to a recurrence of coups.
While he did not mention any countries in particular, a number of countries are facing crisis as leaders after leaders extended their terms in violation of the constitution.
Among these include Burundi, which has been thrust into deadly mayhem after President Pierre Nkuruziza secured a third term in office.
Deadly protests have also broken out in the Democratic Republic of Congo after plans to postpone elections scheduled for later this year.
The protests began after the passage of a law by the Congolese lower house that, if also passed by the Congolese upper house, would keep Kabila in power at least until a national census was conducted, a process which would likely take several years and therefore Kabila in power past the planned 2016 elections, which he is constitutionally barred from
– CAJ News
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