Incumbent president in African state to stay in power until his death

The decision taken by the Parliament would now enable the incumbent leader Ali Bongo to remain in power until his death

Incumbent president in African state to stay in power until his death

The decision taken by the Parliament would now enable the incumbent leader Ali Bongo to remain in power until his death

12 January 2018 Friday 14:44
Incumbent president in African state to stay in power until his death

By Azania Post Reporter

THE government of Gabon has extended presidential term limit from seven years to unidentified period, where the opposition has called it an attempt to turn the country into a monarchy.

Reports say the decision taken by the Parliament would now enable the incumbent leader Ali Bongo to remain in power until his death.

The National Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favour of the new legislation which allows the unlimited renewal of the presidential seven-year term.

The president in a West Coast of Africa state also will be immune from prosecution during and after his time in office.

Speaking one of the leader of opposition in Gabon called it an attempt to turn Libreville into a monarchy. Previously, Gabon had a limit of two seven-year presidential terms.

Bongo took office in 2009, after his father, Omar Bongo, who ruled the oil-rich state for 42 years, died.

According to the Constitution, the Gabonese president has 25 days to approve the National Assembly's decision.

BBC

Updated: 13.01.2018 13:17
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