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See The List Of The 7 Present Longest-Serving African Presidents

The previous two weeks have set the African continent on the world map for the wrong reasons. Ex-Gambian President Yahya Jammeh held on power driving the recently chosen Adama Barrow to be sworn in at the Gambian embassy in Senegal.

He has been in power for more than 22 years, but other current African leaders have ruled longer. Below is a list of Seven other African leaders who have led for more than 30 years…

1. Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe) — 36 years

 

Age: 92
In power since: April 1980, when his country gained independence after he coordinated a guerrilla war against white colonial rulers. He first was prime minister, then took the presidency in 1987 — elected by the national assembly — when a new constitution created the office to replace the prime minister’s office.

Current election rules: Five-year terms, no term limits. He has claimed victory in popular votes — sometimes highly controversially — in 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008, and 2013. He is the last living African leader who’s been in power continuously since his country’s independence.

2. King Mswati III (Swaziland) — 30 years

Age: 48
In power since: April 1986, upon turning 18, nearly four years after the death of his father, the previous king.
No popular election for the king: Swaziland is Africa’s last remaining absolute monarchy, which is hereditary. The country has an elected Parliament, and Mswati chooses a prime minster from among the elected members.

3. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (Equatorial Guinea) — 37 years

Age: 74
In power since: August 3, 1979, when he toppled his uncle in a military coup.


Current election rules
: The president is elected in a majority popular vote for seven-year terms. This leader last claimed victory in an April 2016 election, reportedly with 93.7% of the vote. Opposition members and human rights groups have questioned the elections’ fairness.

4. Denis Sassou-Nguesso (Republic of Congo) — 33 years, nonconsecutive

Age: 73
In power since: It’s complicated. He first was president from 1979 to 1992, when he was defeated in an election. He returned to power in 1997 during a civil war, eventually standing for and winning a presidential election in 2002.
Current election rules: Majority popular vote. Up to three five-year terms, though a 2015 constitutional referendum allowed Sassou-Nguesso to forgo the limits, according to Freedom House, a US nonprofit that promotes democracy. The last election was in March 2016.
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