Perhaps it’s time to begin talking about how long an outgoing president can remain in office.

America is the only sizable democracy that allows its outgoing chief executive to linger in office for two and a half months. Up north, Canadians do the handover in about two weeks; the French give the old president less than 10 days to clear out his desk; the British do it in a few days; and the Australians give the loser a day to clear out.