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Experts: African Constitutions Increasingly Used to Prolong Power

In the last decade, at least a dozen African leaders - among them, the rulers of Algeria, Cameroon, Chad, Djibouti, Uganda and Zimbabwe - have amended their national constitutions to allow them to extend their time in office. The men who lead those six countries have been in power collectively for just shy of 150 years.   The latest attempt to prolong power came from Burkina Faso’s leader of 27 years, Blaise Compaore. His recent attempts to extend his rule through constitutional...

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