Only one president has done so – Franklin Delano Roosevelt – but others considered it, and even tried.
As key opposition members lose seats in their strongholds, it is clear that Tanzania's ruling party is set to establish a super-majority that will institute a deeper authoritarian agenda.
President Alassane Ouattara (78) has been blowing hot and cold on whether he'll be seeking a third term.
Opening up positions of political power to women will lead to effective and better implemented development policies.
President Paul Biya's credibility and legitimacy are increasingly being tarnished, amid growing support for opposition candidates.
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has been given the green light to run for another term. He should be happy, but he's not.
Togo illustrates the difficulty of moving away from personalised politics.
African leaders need to acknowledge the gravity of the Congo crisis and apply pressure on Kabila.
More leaders in more African countries will abolish term limits unless organisations like the African Union take action.
The process of institutionalisation may be patchy and uneven. But one thing is clear: Africa is not without functioning institutions.
Now that President Xi Jinping's presidential term has been extended indefinitely, African governments need to plan strategically for their future engagements with the Chinese.