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Top 7 Current Longest Serving African Presidents

Many of the longest serving Presidents in the world are from Africa. Below is the list of the top 7 current longest serving african presidents.


7. General Idriss Déby Itno – Chad: 26 years and counting.

Born June 18, 1952, Idriss Deby Itno is a Chadian politician has been the President of Chad since 1990. He took power at the head of a rebellion against President Hissène Habré in December 1990 and has since survived various rebellions against his own rule.


6. Omar al-Bashir – Sudan: 27 years and counting.

Born 1 January 1944 (age 72), Omar al-Bashir came to power in a coup in 1989 in the midst of a 21-year civil war between North and South and has ruled what was until 2011 Africa’s largest country with an iron fist.

He is the only sitting head of state wanted for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity for his crimes in Darfur.


5. Robert Mugabe – Zimbabwe: 29 years and counting.

Born on 21 February 1924, Robert Mugabe was trained as a teacher but later rose to lead the Zimbabwe African National Union movement. After his role in the 1979 Lancaster House Agreement which led to the creation of a fully democratic Zimbabwe, He was elected prime minister Prime Minister of the newly democratic Zimbabwe from 18th April 1980 to 22nd December 1987 and later assumed the office of the presidency on 22nd December 1987. He is still ruling.


4. Yoweri Museveni – Uganda: 30 years and counting.

Born 15 September 1944, Museveni was involved in rebellions that toppled Ugandan leaders Idi Amin (1971–79) and Milton Obote (1980–85). Since Assuming office on the 29th January 1986, President Museveni has brought relative stability and economic growth to a country that has endured decades of rebel activity and civil war. His tenure has also witnessed one of the most effective national responses to HIV/AIDS in Africa.

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At age 71 he is still serving as president.


3. Paul Biya – Cameroon: 34 years and counting.

Paul Biya is a native of Cameroon’s south. He served as a bureaucrat under President Ahmadou Ahidjo in the 1960s. He was a Secretary General of the Presidency from 1968 to 1975. He became the Prime Minister of Cameroon in 1975 and served in that capacity till 1982, when he assumed the Office of the President. And At age 83, paul biya is still serving as the President of Cameroon.


2. Jose Eduardo dos Santos – Angola: 37 years and counting.

Born 28 August 1942, Jose Eduardo dos Santos is the commander in chief of the Angolan Armed Forces and the president of the People’s Movement of the Liberation of Angola, the party that has been in power since the nation gained its independence in 1975. He has been in power since 1979.


1. Mohamed Abdelaziz – Sahrawi Republic: 40 years and counting.

At the top of the list is Mohamed Abdelaziz. At age 68, he is the third and current President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. And has been in power since the 30th August 1976.

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