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Get To Know The Political Term Limits In Various African Countries





Country Head of state/government Political Term Limits Algeria President Two 5-year terms, since 2016 Constitutional Reform Angola President Two 5-year terms, since 2010 Constitutional Reform Benin President Two 5-year terms, since 1990 Constitution Botswana President Two 5-year terms, since 1966 Constitution Burkina Faso President Two 5-year terms, since 2002 Constitutional Reform Burundi President Two 5-year terms, since 2005 Constitutional Reform Chad President Unlimited 5-year terms, since 2005 Constitutional Reform Cameroon President Unlimited 7-year terms, from 2008 Constitutional Reform Cape Verde President Two 5-year terms, the third term only after 5 years Central African Republic President Two 5-year terms, since 2015 Constitutional Reform Comoros President Unlimited 5-year non-consecutive terms, since 2009 Constitutional Reform Côte d’Ivoire President Two 5-year terms, since 2000 Constitutional Referendum Democratic Republic of the Congo President Two 5-year terms, since 2005 Constitutional Referendum Republic of the Congo President Three 5-year terms, since 2015 Constitutional Referendum Djibouti President Unlimited 5-year terms, since 2010 Constitutional Reform Egypt President Two 4-year terms, since 2011 Constitutional Referendum Equatorial Guinea President Two 7-year terms, starting from 2011 Constitutional Reform Ethiopia President Two 6-year terms, since 1987 Constitutional Reform Eritrea President Two 5-Year terms, since 1993 Constitutional Reform Gabon President Unlimited 7-year terms, since 1991 Constitutional Reform Ghana President Two 4-year terms, since 1992 Constitutional Referendum Gambia President Unlimited 5-year terms, since 1996 Constitutional Reform Guinea President Two 5-year terms, since 1996 Constitutional Reform Guinea-Bissau President Two 5-year terms, since 1991 Constitutional Reform Kenya President  Two 5-year terms, since 1991 Constitutional Reform Liberia President Two 6-year terms, since 1986 Constitutional Referendum Lesotho King No set terms (Hereditary succession) Libya Presidential Council No set terms (Transitional) Madagascar President Two 5-year terms, since 1992 Constitutional Referendum Malawi President Two 5-year terms, since 1995 Constitutional Referendum Mali President Two 5-year terms, since 1992 Constitutional Referendum Mauritania President Two 5-year terms, since 1991 Constitutional Referendum Mauritius President Unlimited 5-year terms, since 1991 Constitutional Reform Morocco King No set terms (Hereditary succession) Mozambique President Two 5-year terms, since 2004 Constitutional Reforms Namibia President Two 5-year terms, since 1999 Constitutional Reforms Niger President Two 5-year terms, since 2010 Constitutional Referendum Nigeria President Two 4-year terms, since 1999 Constitutional Reforms Rwanda President Two 5-year terms, since 2015 Constitutional Reform (from 2024) São Tomé and Príncipe President Two 5-year terms, since 2003 Constitution Reforms Senegal President Two 5-year terms, since 2016 Constitutional Reform Seychelles President Two 5-year terms, since 2016 Constitutional Reforms Sierra Leone President Two 5-year terms, since 1991 Constitutional Referendum Somalia President Two 5-year terms, since 1991 Constitutional Referendum South Africa President Two 5-year terms, since 1996 Constitutional Referendum South Sudan President Two 5-year terms, proposed Sudan President Unlimited 5-year terms, since 2015 Constitutional Reform Swaziland King No set terms (Hereditary succession) Tanzania President Two 5-year terms, since 1977 Constitutional Reform Togo President Unlimited 5-year terms, since 2002 Constitutional Reform Tunisia President Two 5-year terms, since 2014 Constitutional Referendum Uganda President Unlimited 5-year terms, since 2005 Constitutional Reform Zambia President Two 5-year terms, since 2006 Constitutional Reform Zimbabwe President Two 5-year terms, since 2013 Constitutional Referendum

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