33 Years Later, Mugabe OKs Term Limits— for Successor
New constitution isn't retroactive, so he could serve another decade
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2013 9:11 AM CDT
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, left, signs the new constitution of Zimbabwe while Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai looks on at State house in Harare, May 22.   (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

(Newser) – What a mensch: After 33 years in political office, Robert Mugabe has changed Zimbabwe's constitution to impose a limit of two five-year terms on the president. Only, the rule doesn't apply retroactively, so the 89-year-old could still serve another decade as leader, Reuters reports.

More encouragingly, the new constitution also curbs the powers of the president and provides more rights for women, reports Voice of America. The new charter was part of a 2008 power-sharing deal between Mugabe and political rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, and was approved by voters in a referendum earlier this year.

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JT119
May 23, 2013 3:13 AM CDT
I guess he sees the result of one man holding on to power for too long is not good. I must confess, in the begining I was with him. but over the years he has decended into herod like madness. as the sayin goes "power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutly. no good ever resulted from one person in power for a long time
RogerMohajir
May 22, 2013 10:25 AM CDT
Robert Mugabe is a thug who has enriched himself and his friends while destroying Zimbabwe, which once held the potential to be among Africa's most affluent and successful countries. The cosmetic changes he has allowed to the country's constitution are meaningless.