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Jonathan to propose single presidential term

(AFP) – President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday said he planned legislation to limit the head of state to one term of office with a longer timeframe, but pledged he would not benefit from such a law.

The president’s advisers have long talked of such a proposal, arguing a single term for a longer period better suits Africa’s most populous nation, where rioting killed some 800 people following April elections.

The current laws allow a president to serve two four-year terms.

Jonathan “is to send a constitution amendment bill to the National Assembly that will provide a single tenure for the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” a statement from his office said.


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