Africa has countries which have the some of the longest serving presidents. They say power is power and once you've tasted it, the desire to leave it to others deserts you.
After colonization the lust of self rule was settled and rulling became one of the most desired position. Here are the list of top 6 longest serving presidents.
Teodoro Obiang Nguema (Equatorial Guinea) - 41 years.
He is not only Africa's longest serving president but also tops as the world's longest serving president. He has been in office for 41 years. He came into power in 1979 after he toppled his uncle.
Paul Biya (Cameroon) - 38 years.
He took office in 1982 summing to 38 years. The 85 years old president was reelected again in 2018 for another 7 year term.
Denis Sassou (Congo-Brazzaville) - 36 years.
President Sassou Nguesso has spent 36 years in office so far. He first served from 1979 to 1992 and returned in 1997 at the end of a civil war. He was re-elected again in March 2016 and he is seeking re-election at the 2021 election.
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (Uganda) - 34 years.
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has been in power since 1986 after he won the war that ousted dictator Idi Amin Dada. He was elected for a sixth term in January 2021 after beating his close opponent Bobi Wine.
Isaias Afwerki – 27 years.
He is the only president Eritreans have known since independence. He has been in power since independence in April 1993. He has so far governed for 27 years.
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