WHAT PRESIDENT XI’S EXTENDED TENURE MEANS FOR AFRICA?


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    Written by: Meshack Masibo
    Months after and the decision by China to suspend presidential term limits are still reverberating around the world. The announcement, made after a vote by China’s parliament in March, prompted some commentators to draw comparisons with “third termism” in Africa, when leaders flout democratic conventions to stay in power as long as possible. This draws quick parallels to what Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni, Rwandan strongman Paul Kagame have been doing and what some political quarters have urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to do in 2022.
    But there is also a wider question that must be asked: what does an extended tenure for Chinese incumbent Xi Jinping mean for Africa?
    1. UN reform
    China has been a long-term supporter of reforming the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to allow wider representation from the global south. Beijing has not forgotten that it gained its own UNSC seat partly through African countries’ votes. In his address at the 19th Party Congress, Xi voiced support for “the efforts of other developing countries to increase their representation”. This could initiate a discussion about Security Council reform. There is little further indication that China……Subscribe to Readmore………

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