Africa has been claimed to be backward when it comes to democracy. This is because head of states sometimes cling to power for so long. Here are some of the top ten head of states from Africa, who still rule upto today.
(Aug. 3, 1979 - present)
Obiang, presently 78, held onto power from his uncle during a coup. While resistance groups were sanctioned in 1992, Obiang's Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea still runs. He always has u 90% of votes at each political race, some of which the opposition normally boycot.
CAMEROON - Paul Biya - over 38 years
(Nov. 6, 1982 - present)
Biya took over in 1982 from President Ahmadou Ahidjo after serving as prime minister for seven years. Biya, 88, has won five multi-party elections since 1992. The opposition always called called the outcomes deceitful.Two terms of Presidency was canceled in 2008.
CONGO REPUBLIC - Denis Sassou Nguesso - 38 years
(Feb. 8, 1979 - Aug. 31, 1992; Oct. 25, 1997 - present)
Sassou, 77,became president in 1997 after losing the country's first multi-party elections in 1992. He recaptured power in 1997 after a civil war broke out and changed the constitution . He was pronounced the winner of a March 21, 2021 elections.
UGANDA - Yoweri Museveni - over 35 years
(Jan. 29, 1986 - present)
Yoweri took power at the top of a heated rebellion against dictator Idi Amin.He has become the president of Uganda since then.He was recently elected to serve another term of five years.
eSWATINI - King Mswati III - 35 years
(April 25 1986 - present)
Absolute ruler, Mswati, presently 52 years , was crowned in April 1986. Ideological groups have been prohibited in eSwatini, recently known as Swaziland, since 1973.
CHAD - Idriss Deby - over 30 years
(Dec. 2, 1990 - present)
Deby took power at the top of an armed rebellion. Two-terms limit was scrapped odd in 2005 and reimposed in 2018. The move won't be applied retroactively, which means Deby, 68, could serve two six-year terms after the 2021 political race.
ERITREA - Isaias Afwerki - 28 years
(May 19, 1993 - present)
Afwerki, 75, has ruled since Eritrea's independence from Ethiopia. There have never been elections in Eritrea, which rights activists consider to be quite possibly the most undemocratic state on the planet.
DJIBOUTI - Ismail Omar Guelleh - 22 years
(May 8, 1999 - present)
Guelleh, aged 73 , was picked to succeed his uncle, freedom leader Hassan Gouled Aptidon. He won a fourth five-year term in 2016 and will look for re-election this month.
MOROCCO - King Mohammed VI - over 21 years.
(July 23, 1999 - present)
Mohammed VI, 57, was crowned as a king when his father , Hassan II, died of a coronary attack . The Moroccan royal family has ruled since 1631, making it the Muslim world's most seasoned line.
RWANDA - Paul Kagame - 21 years
(April 22, 2000 - present)
Kagame, 63, was broadly seen as the accepted head of Rwanda after his dissident armed force brought to an end the 1994 massacre. He was chosen to be president by parliament in 2000.
The constitution was changed in 2015 to allow him to look for a third seven-year term in 2017 and two more five-year terms, which means he could remain in power until 2034.
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