It is not a surprise to see and hear that Liberia's footballer turned president is calling for a national referendum to change the 'constitution of Liberia'. According to a billboard publication bearing President George M. Weah's life-size photo, the new constitution will call for changes in the tenues for the presidency, representative, senator. Presently, the tenure of the president is 6 years and will be reduced to 5, Representative 6 and will go to 5. Senator is 9 and will reduce to 7 years. This might also give the president a 'constitutional influence' to demand for more terms in office beyond the constitutional mandate of 5 years.
Mr Weah could easily saddle himself in power for the longest. This may not go down well with the opposition parties and individuals. It is not yet clear when this change will be made when the nation is going to general elections in 2023 and Mr. weah is standing for reelection even though his chances are dimmed.
Tempering with national constitutions is one major reasons for protests, security killings of anti-government protesters in Africa. Mali is an active example.