List of the current living longest-ruling heads of nation-states, excluding royalty, who have served ten years or longer, sorted by length of tenure.
Heads of generally recognized sovereign states are ranked by number, while heads of sovereign states with limited international recognition are listed and are not given a numbered rank.
1. Hage Geingob
Hage is the third and reigning president of the Republic of Namibia. He also served as the minister for trade and industry between March 2008 and 2012. He has been the president of the currently ruling party, the SWAPO Party. He has been on power for 20 years.
2. Denis Nguesso
Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso has held power for a total of 36 years and was re-elected for a fourth term after elections on March 21.
3. Paul Kagame
He was elected president by parliament in 2000. The constitution was changed in 2015 to let him seek a third seven-year term in 2017.
4. Ismaïl Omar Guelleh
Ismail Omar Guelleh is the second President of Djibouti since 1999. Guelleh was re-elected in 2005, 2011 and again in 2016.
5. Isaias Afwerki
The only president Eritreans have known since independence is Isaias Afwerki. He has been in power since independence in April 1993. He has so far governed for 27 years.
6. Paul Biya
Cameroonian President Paul Biya has been in office for more than 38 years. He was re-elected in 2018 for a seventh term.
7. Teodoro Obiang
The president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema is currently 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
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.
9. Faure Gnassingbé
Faure is the president of the Republic of Togo. He served as Minister for two years between 2003 and 2005. Following the demise of his father in 2005, he was elected as the president with the massive support of the country’s military and has been there since.
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