Senegal President proposes to end term early

DAKAR - Senegal's President Macky Sall has proposed to cut his own term in office by two years.

Changing the president's mandate from seven to five years is part of several proposals for constitutional reforms which are to be put to a referendum.

The president's office say they are aiming to strengthen democracy.

Several African presidents have recently done the opposite - changing constitutions to extend their time in power.

The new constitution would not allow a president to run for more than two consecutive terms in office.

The BBC's Nadege Sinarinzi in Dakar says after reducing his term in office, Mr Sall is then expected to put himself forward for re-election in 2017 instead of 2019.

Other suggested amendments to the constitution include an upper age limit of 75 years.

The date of the referendum is yet to be announced.

Mr Sall, 54, was elected in 2012, defeating the incumbent Abdoulaye Wade, who had controversially sought a third term in office.

Comments (6)

If anything, this is the example that others should take. People may not agree with the politics of this president, but surely his proposals ought to be lauded by others and be commended. A rarity in African politics

tino16 - 18 January 2016

54 yr old president wants shorter term. 75yrs age limit is a good start. Something positive from African politics

X-MAN IV - 19 January 2016

Robert Gabriel Mugabe must take a leaf from Mr. Macky Sall. That is what intelligent people do. Havarambirire muOffice as if ndivo vakasika nyika

robertmangwiro - 21 January 2016

blessed senegal

shumba - 21 January 2016

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