Vladimir Putin, Russia's current president, has been in office for 20 years. However, the most contentious amendment in Russia would allow Putin to keep his presidency for an unlimited period of time.
Many critics term it a "constitutional coup," yet it will allow him to stay in office until at least 2036, making him Russia's longest-serving leader. With a 29-year tenure, Stalin presently owns the record.
Who is the world's longest-serving president?
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has ruled Equatorial Guinea for 41 years, after his uncle, Masie Nguema Biyongo Ndong, was deposed in a violent 1979 coup. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Basongo became the head of the Revolutionary Council (which governed Equatorial Guinea post-coup). In the same year that his uncle was convicted and executed for crimes such as mass murder, genocide, misappropriation of public funds, and treason, he served as Chairman of the Council.
Many presidents in the world have refused to hand over power even after experiencing humiliating defeat.
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