The Confederation of African Football president will be limited to three terms in office from next year’s election in March 2017.
Junior Binyam, CAF’s media spokesman, confirmed to BBC Sport that the new ruling was approved at Thursday’s Extraordinary General Assembly.
It is a major change for the governing body, whose incumbent president Issa Hayatou has been in power for 28 years.
The limit will also apply to the members of Caf’s Executive Committee. In February, football’s world governing body Fifa limited its presidency to three terms in office as it aimed to recover from a corruption crisis.
Binyam told BBC Sport: “The main reason of this amendment of Caf statutes was to align them with Fifa ones. But more reforms and amendment can be expected.”