Senegalese vote to cut down on presidential term

Senegalese vote to cut down on presidential term

- Senegal has voted unanimously to cut down the presidential term

- 635 is reported to have agreed to the shorter term for presidency.

Senegalese vote to cut down on presidential term

A photo from the referendum

Senegal has voted unanimously in a referendum to cut down the presidential term of office from seven to five years.

This new change which is to take effect from 2019 comes at a time when many African leaders are trying to cling on to power by extending their time in office.

According to the results of Sunday's referendum, the electoral commission said 63% had approved the changes proposed by President Macky Sall. Turnout for the referendum was 38%.

The opposition has criticized Mr Sall for failing to cut his current tenure.

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In a related development, the leaders of countries such as Burkina Faso, Burundi, Rwanda and Congo have sought to extend their rule last year. These moves by them have triggered violent protests in Burundi and Congo.

The new constitution proposes 14 other changes. These changes include limiting the age of presidential candidates to 75 and allow independents to run. It also reaffirms the limit to two presidential terms.  The opposition leader will have a status recognized by the constitution and will enjoy official benefits.

Also local councils get more powers and new rights are allocated for citizens to a healthy environment and over natural resources and land ownership.

 

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