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A portrait of the head of state

In the African political Systems, the head of state plays a vital role. He couldn’t remain at the head of the state if he didn’t constantly display great dynamism and spirit of initiative. Yet, despite their apparent omnipotence, the heads of state in Africa depend a lot on external support and are quite vulnerable because their legitimacy is fragile given the lack of checks and balances and an open political competition, the intoxication of power and the obsession of plots may encourage autocratic behaviours but many heads of state-well aware that as the African proverb goes « power whets the appetite but can’t satisfy it » are wise and moderate rulers. Confronted as they are with so many challenges, the heads of state may react very differently, according to their tempers, their educational backgrounds, their social origins and their ideological biases.


Référence électonique : Gérard CONAC, "A portrait of the head of state", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°25, 25 - Les pouvoirs africains, p.121-130 . Consulté le 2022-10-07 14:21:10 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/A-portrait-of-the-head-of-state.html