Meet 10 Longest Ruling African leaders and presidents

Meet 10 Longest Ruling African leaders and presidents

Meet The 10 Longest Ruling African Presidents/Rulers.
The 10 Longest Ruling African Presidents.
You really have to wonder if Africa is truly a cursed continent.We have all the natural resources that can make the continent a paradise to live in.Yet all we get is poverty,suffering and the most selfish and cruel leaders you can ever think of! African leader want to rule for ever.They think the country is like a chieftaincy title in their local village that can go on for ever.They rule till they die and even at that,some of them pass the mantle on to their children to continue! Can you imagine that?
In the lists of the world’s 20 longest serving leaders who are still in power, Africa boasts 10. One thing’s definitely for sure: Absolute Power corrupts absolutely. Here we take a look at the 10 longest serving African leaders,they shouldn't really be called leaders,let's say rulers.
1.Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo – Equatorial Guinea (35 years)

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz
After ousting his uncle, Masie Nguema Biyongo Ndong, in a violent 1979 coup Teodoro Obiang Nguema Basongo took over as head of the Revolutionary Council (which governed over post-coup) Equatorial Guinea. He sat is Chairman in the council in the same year when
his uncle was convicted and executed for crimes including mass murder, genocide, embezzlement of public funds and treason.
It wasn’t until 1982 that he officially became sworn in as president.
2. José Eduardo dos Santos – Angola (35 years)

Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos in 2007. Photo: Getty
President Dos Santos has been President of Angola since 1979, four years after the country attained its liberation.
While being praised for his role in transforming the country’s oil sector, he’s been similarly criticised for leading one of the continent’s most corrupt regimes. While 70% of Angola’s population live on less than $2 a day, his daughter Isabel has, through her political connections, gone on to become one of the richest Africans and certainly the youngest billionaires.
3. Robert Mugabe – Zimbabwe (34 years)
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Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe in 2008. Photo: Getty/AFP
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is probably the most polarising in the list. While receiving intense criticism from the West, he also has fierce support from Africans within and outside Africa for his outspoken defiance of Western control and influence.
Currently, his wife Grace is believed to being in the running as her husband’s successor.
4. Paul Biya – Cameroon (32 years)

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya. Photo: Getty
Prior to the commencement of his presidency in 1982, Paul Biya served as Prime Minister under Ahmadou Ahidjo.
Biya has held on to power through political reforms like a single-party system in the 80s (which he abolished under pressure in the 90s), high-margin election victories (which have consistently been suspected as fraudulent) and has maintained a close relationship with France, the former colonial master.
5. Yoweri Museveni – Uganda (28 years)

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni. Photo:
President Yoweri Museveni has been at the helm of Uganda’s government since the toppling of Idi Amin and Milton Obote (1986).
He has been in the limelight this year mostly for his government’s conservative stance on homosexuality, with draconian laws and sever punishment for “offenders”. He is also known for leading Uganda to economic stability and one of the continent’s most successful HIV/Aids programmes.
6. Omar al-Bashir – Sudan (25 years)

Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters
In 1989, Brigadier Omar al-Bashir led a bloodless military coup which toppled Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi and his government as the country faced nationwide famine.
Since then, he has been elected three times in dubious elections. In 2009 he became Africa’s first sitting president to be indicted by the ICC for directing mass killings, rape and torture in Darfur.
7. Idriss Déby – Chad (23 years)
Idriss Déby took over Chad’s presidency in 1990 after a rift formed between him and the then-president Hissene Habré. This rift resulted in Déby’s exile in Libya where he garnered support from both Libya and Sudan. He used this support to launch an attack against President Habré. A year later, Déby’s troops marched into the capital, N’Djaména unopposed.
8. Isaias Afwerki – Eritrea (23 years)

Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki. Photo: Natna
Since Eritrea’s independence in 1993, President Isaias Afwerki has held on to the top office.
Eritrea is a one-party state. Afwerki’s People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) is the only party allowed to participate in the country’s politics.
Mr Afewerki has been criticised for failing to implement democratic reforms. His government has clamped down on its critics and has closed the private press.
9. Yahya Jammeh – The Gambia (20 years)

President Yahya Jammeh. Photo: Reuters
President Jammeh turned 49 years old this year. He has ruled over The Gambia since 1994, first as chairman of the Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council (AFPRC) and was sworn in as president two years later, meaning that he took up office at the age of 31.
In his tenure, he has not been one to shy away from controversy. He has been an outspoken critic of homosexuality and, in 2008, announced that his government would introduce legislation against homosexuals “stricter than those of Iran”. He has also claimed the ability to cure ailments such as AIDS and asthma through the use of natural herbs.
10. Denis Sassou Nguesso – Republic of Congo (17 years)

Dennis Sassou Nguesso. Photo: Reuters
President Nguesso has had two tenures as head of state in the Republic of Congo. The first one was from 1979 to 1992 where he led the single-party regime of the Congolese Party of Labour (PCT).
He returned to power at the end of the 1997 civil war where his forces ousted President Pascal Lissouba.
Source: Wikipedia
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