The Speaker of ECOWAS parliament, Rt. Hon. Dr. Sidie Mohamed Tunis has condemned the recent phenomenon across the Sub region where constitutions are being amended to enable Presidents run for another term.
According to Dr. Sidie Tunis, the situation is getting out of hand and so has urged member states to take firm steps in addressing the phenomenon before it's perceived as a failed state.
This, he says, is the reason why the recent coup that took place in the Republic of Guinea has been condemned.
Addressing the parliament during it's 2021 opening ceremony, Dr. Sidie Mohamed Tunis said;
"It's again important that we give serious attention to the new phenomenon of amending the constitution of a state before an election or expiration of a tenure of an incumbent President.
Amending a constitution to conform to the common realities is not itself a problem, however, when the proposed amendment of constitution protects the government elites at the expense of the citizens, or undermine the nature of the constitution and democracy thereby granting the incumbent undue advantage or extend his mandate, then we have a problem", he stated.
He further indicated that this practice is eroding the community and sinking the nation into more chaos and creating a serious risk for the ECOWAS as an institution.
"If we don't take firm and decisive actions against this trend, ECOWAS will not only be perceived as a body of failed states but indeed failed. These take away from the core of democracy," he added.
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