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Who can stop the president?

Success and failures of presidential term limits in Africa and Latin America.

Museveni and Mbasogo
President Yoweri Museveni and his counterpart, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. They have served as presidents for 33 and 40 years respectively.
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The State House of Uganda

In this breakfast forum, Charlotte Heyl, Mariana Llanos (both GIGA) and Leiv Marsteintredet (UiB) will discuss the success and failures of presidential term limits in Africa and Latin America.

Presidential term limits is a check on power. Put in place to restrict the time a president can serve in office, presidental term limits assure turnover in the executive office, and  safeguards democracy from authoritarian-minded leaders. However, presidents often seek to abolish, amend or circumvent term limits, with dire consequences for democracy.

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This conversation is the first event in our new Bergen Global event series called "In the wake of democracy: A series on new forms of dictatorship". In this series we will look at how we failed to anticipate the resilience and re-emergence of dictatorial prone leaders, their manipulation of information rather than on violence, and how these leaders survive in a (still) largely democratic world.