Presidential Term Limits and the African Union

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Journal of African Law, Vol. 63, Supplement S1

This article investigates African Union (AU) responses to attempts to overturn or weaken term limits on executive power, one of the most tenacious constitutional trends in Africa. Inspired by the AU's well-established discourse on “unconstitutional changes of government” under the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the article argues for a more active role for the AU in monitoring and enforcing constitutionalism and respect for democratic standards by member states. It concludes with a set of principles to guide processes of constitutional change in Africa.