Three African leaders who gave up power by choice before their term ended


On September 22, 2008, the South African parliament convened to accept the resignation of President Thabo Mbeki.

Mbeki had officially stepped down on September 21 after calls by the ruling African National Congress for his resignation over allegations that he used the law-enforcement system to undermine Jacob Zuma’s chances of succeeding him. 

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Interestingly, nine years later President Zuma was forced out of the presidency due to corruption allegations.

Mbeki and Zuma would be among African presidents who were forced to resign. Others include Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe who was ousted in a ‘military coup’ in 2017;  Burkina Faso’s Blaise Compaore;  Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi and Hosni Mubarak;  Gabon’s Laurent Gbagbo; and Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh.

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