Africa Leaders Must Be Discouraged on 3rd Term, AU Official Says

African leaders should be deterred from seeking office for longer than two terms to avoid adding to political instability, a senior African Union official said.

“We want to discourage the bid for the third term,” Aisha Laraba Abdullahi, the AU’s commissioner for political affairs, told reporters on Friday in Johannesburg. “The third term bid remains a major source of concern with our African leaders.”

Burundi is the latest African nation to face political upheaval as President Pierre Nkurunziza seeks a third term in office in elections next month. At least 21 people have died and more than 550 injured in clashes between police and protesters since he announced his re-election bid in April.

The AU will only send observers to Burundi’s presidential vote next month under peaceful conditions, Abdullahi said.

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