Russia's current leader, Vladimir Putin, has been in office for 20 years. However, the most contentious proposal in Russia would allow Putin to keep his president virtually indefinitely.
Many detractors are calling it a "constitutional coup," yet it will allow him to stay in office until at least 2036, making him Russia's longest-serving leader. Stalin presently holds the record with a period of 29 years.
Who is the world's longest-serving president?
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the current president of Equatorial Guinea, is the longest serving president in Africa. He has ruled the people of Equatorial Guinea for the past 41 years.
He is Equatorial Guinea's second president.
He has been in office since 1979, making him the African president with the longest tenure. President Obiang was known as a ruthless tyrant during his early years in power. He was in charge of a government that tortured and killed political opponents.
Teodor is a wild party animal and ardent supporter of Congolese music.
Madillu System mentions him in Vice Versa. Koffi Olomide mentions him in a few of his songs. In Papa Ngwasuma, he says, "Soki nazalaki Obiang Nguema" (If I was Obiang Nguema).
He reduced his grip on the country in the 1990s, allowing multiparty elections. He has, nevertheless, remained in power ever since.
In Equatorial Guinea, Obiang leads an authoritarian regime. He's been extensively accused of corruption and power abuse. Equatorial Guinea has one of the worst human rights records in the world under his administration.
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