Why do some African leaders cling to power?
October 24, 2015
By Al Jazeera
A yes vote will allow 72 year-old President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Republic of the Congo to run for a third term, he’s already been in power for more than 30 years.
Tension remains high after four people were killed in protests against the vote and opposition activists fear it will be rigged in his favour.
Police placed a main opposition leader under house arrest on Friday. Earlier in the week, internet services were switched off before a main opposition march.
Leaders from West Africa met in May to reject a proposal allowing African leaders to continue to rule for decades on end.
What’s driving many African heads of state to avoid retirement? And what are the implications for their people?
Presenter: Hazem Sika
Thierry Moungalla– Congolese minister of information.
Matlotleng Matlou– executive director of Excelsior Afrika Consulting.
Lucas Olo– regional director for Central Africa at Transparency International.
Source:: Al Jazeera
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