CAR president gets unlimited terms in President Seat

The Central African Republic Supreme Court has approved the results of the July referendum, which increased the duration of a presidential term to seven years but allowed the president to seek for office as many times as they wanted.

The court declared that the vote was accepted by an overwhelming majority of 95%, with turnout just above 57%.

The new law establishes a vice-presidential post selected by the president, as well as a unicameral parliament that replaces the senate.

The law prohibits dual-citizen politicians from standing for president and raises the number of Supreme Court justices from nine to eleven.

The court had disbanded the committee tasked with crafting the new statute in September, just before the court’s president, Daniele Darlan, was forced to retire.

Extra fighters had arrived to provide security ahead of the referendum.

The country’s main opposition parties and civil society organizations have called for a boycott, claiming that the modified law was intended to keep President Faustin-Archange Touadéra in power indefinitely.

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