5 African Leaders Who Ruled More Than 30 Years


Following the death of Chad's president from 1990, the person of Idriss Deby, we take a look at some of Africa's longest serving leaders.

1. Yoweri Museveni:

The current president of Uganda, he has been in power since 1986, when he toppled Idi Amin, that is, 35 years.

2. Robert Mugabe:

He served as the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980-1987, and also the President from 1987-2017. He received criticisms as well as support from people within and outside Africa. He was also one of the most academically qualified leaders in the world.

3. Jose Eduardo dor Santos:

He was the president of Angola from 1979 to 2017, that is, a total of 38 years in office.

4. Paul Biya:

Before becoming the president of Cameroon in 1982, he served as the Prime Minister under Ahmadou Ahidjo. He has been the president since 6th November, 1982, making him 39 years in power.

5. Teodore Obiang Nguema Mbasogo:

After ousting his uncle in a coup, he took over as head of the revolutionary council. He sat as chairman in the council in the same year when his uncle was convicted and executed for different crimes. He officially became the president of Equatorial Guinea in 1982, and has been in power for 42 years.

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