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How relevant are term limits?

It can be hard for leaders to let go, so limiting leadership terms can help ease the transition process

Term limits can be a very hot subject, especially when it deals with specific individuals and situations.

A constitutional amendment that removes the presidential term limit, thus allowing China's President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely, has generated much worldwide media coverage. In Russia, President Vladimir Putin was recently re-elected, after side-stepping term limits by adroitly switching positions between president and prime minister over the last two decades.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 14, 2018, with the headline 'How relevant are term limits?'. Print Edition | Subscribe