It's time for the African Union to put a stop to 'third-termism'

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The AU needs to take action against the Guinean president's attempt to change the constitution and extend his rule. 

Two issues have dominated the attention of the African Union (AU) in the last weeks: the upheaval in Sudan and the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area. In the midst of these, a brewing crisis in Guinea seems to have skipped attention.

Guinean President Alpha Conde, the West African country's first democratically elected leader, who is currently serving his second five-year term, is supposed to leave office in 2020 under the rules of the 2010 Constitution. However, the 81-year-old is thought to be seeking ways to orchestrate a constitutional change . . .


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Associate Programme Officer
Adem Kassie Abebe

Abebe’s research and work focuses on comparative constitution processes and design. Specifically, he manages ConstitutionNet, an online platform providing continuous updates on comparative constitutional reform processes around the world. He is the editor of Voices from the Field, a series in which local experts provide analysis and updates on the process, content and principal actors in ongoing constitutional reform proposals.