Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Equatorial Guinea's President Seeks Constitutional Limit on Presidential Term of Office

President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea invited all of the nation's legally constituted political parties to enter discussion on constitutional changes, including one that would limit the President to two four-year terms of office.

President Obiang also discussed the need to create a Senate, which would convert the nation's Parliament from a unicameral to a bicameral legislature, and to establish control mechanisms to prevent corruption.

President Obiang discussed these changes in the context of "Democratic Experiment," his program to systematically and progressively pursue greater democracy and pluralism as the nation develops. At the opening session of the Parliament last week, he urged legislators to work "to reform the legal system as a means of ensuring and protecting the rights of citizens."