How many terms can a US president serve?


TENS of millions of Americans will vote on November 3 for either Joe Biden or Donald Trump in what has been branded “the most consequential election in US history”.

If Donald Trump wins it would mean a second four-year term.

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 A victory for Donald Trump would mean a second term

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A victory for Donald Trump would mean a second term

What is the maximum term a president can have?

A president can have a maximum of two four-year terms, so eight years in power.

The 22nd amendment of the United States constitution, ratified in 1951, states: “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice”.

Every former president since George HW Bush left office in 1993 have won two terms in office — so there will be pressure on Donald Trump to carry on that success.

The second term of an American president is commonly referred to as the “lame duck” term.

This is because opponents know they can stop legislation they don’t like just by delaying it until the president leaves office.

There were formerly no limits on the number of terms a president could serve in office.

President Franklin D Roosevelt won a record four terms in office from 1933 until his death in 1945.

After he left office the Twenty-second Amendment of the US Constitution was voted through congress on March 21, 1947.

It was approved by the majority of states on February 27 1951.

How often are US presidential elections?

In America, election votes take place every four years, and this will be the 59th election since the first in 1788.

As always, it will be a drawn-out affair, with the primaries and caucuses set to stretch over the first half of the year.

The winner of the election will then be inaugurated on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

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