Sujit Choudhry: The Present Political Climate Strangulates Democracy

He is not satisfied with the set constitution and the whole laws that regulate the term of presidency. In case the sitting president decides to cause chaos, he can easily do it by extending the term and refusing to step down for election to happen. Yes, democracy brought in how many terms a certain president should serve but it can be the source of unrest in the streets. This is what professor Sujit Choudhry views as a backsliding democracy while everyone is celebrating as the development of democracy.

As a renowned scholar across the globe, Sujit Choudhry is well conversant with constitutional matters to an extent of helping some countries come up with their own constitution like Canada. He has been involved in constitutional designs which have enabled countries transit from conflictive dictatorship to very peaceful democratic leadership. He has designed constitutions in countries where tribalism reigns, semi-presidential, federalism, transitional justice etc.

Recently, ( has been focused on a book chapter that concerns Constitutional Democracies in Crisis. His main focus is on a tweet that was made by the former Attorney General, Eric Holder where he calls he refers any attempt to fire Robert Mueller, White House Special Counsel, as an “absolute red line”. Besides, he calls on Americans to go on streets to make their voice heard in case this man is terminated from the white house, read more here on

The professor views this tweet as a way of inciting people to react after determining whether their rights have been violated which raises the question on the boundary of the constitutional democracy. This is what the professor says it is called “constitutional self-enforcement” based on one’s interest. It is ironical that the one who was ones in government is now advocating for the breaking the same law he used to enforce. Read more related news here on

Sujit Choudhry views such incitements as democratic backsliding which is basically threats to the constitution of a country’s constitution. The set term limits are also part of the threat where the sitting president and his government tries to come up with laws that will ensure they remain in power with or without elections, refer to ( The professor gives the example of Poland, Germany, and South Africa constitutions and how they have resulted in chaos.