Zimbabwe’s founding leader, the late former president, Robert Mugabe was in power for 37 years. If it were not of military intervention in November 2017, he could have probably died in office or not, as his family believe his demise worsened his health. Mugabe had earlier said that he wanted to attain 100 years whilst in office.
Below are some of his African counterparts who had or already have very long terms in power.
- Teodoro Obiang Nguema (Equatorial Guinea’s ), Africa’s longest-serving president currently in power after 40 years.
- Haile Selassie (Ethiopia’s late emperor), holds the record for the longest time in power on the African continent. After reigning for 44 years, he was ousted in 1974.
- Muammar Gaddafi (Libya), ruled for nearly 42 years, was killed by NATO in 2011 after a protest movement turned into an armed conflict.
- Omar Bongo Ondimba (Gabon), ruled for more than 41 years until his death from cancer in 2009.
- Jose Eduardo dos Santos (Angola), stepped down in September 2017, having led his oil-rich country for 38 years.
- President Paul Biya (Cameroon) is the second longest-serving leader in Africa with more than 36 years in office.
- President Denis Sassou Nguesso (Congo-Brazzaville ), has spent 35 years in office, but not in one go. He first served from 1979 to 1992 and returned in 1997 at the end of a civil war. He was re-elected in March 2016.
- Yoweri Museveni (Uganda) has been in power for 33 years. He took office in January 1986 after winning the war that ousted brutal dictator Idi Amin Dada.
- King Mswati III (eSwatini, former Swaziland), is the continent’s last absolute monarch. He took the throne in April 1986, more than 33 years ago.
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