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President Till Death : Top 10 Longest Serving African Presidents

BY UNCLEBOB · MARCH 31, 2018
These African Presidents have been in power for so long that they have become synonymous with their countries.

 

Under the terms of the Twentieth Amendment, at 12 noon, January 20, 2017, President Barack Obama was no longer President. He packed his bags, and the first family waved goodbye to the white house. Sadly, this is not always the case in Africa.
Several democratically elected Presidents have attempted to stay in office beyond their tenure, and a few have managed to remain in office beyond their mandate.
The real problem is not the extended tenure, rather the lack of substantial achievements or progress of their country since they came into power.
LONGEST SERVING AFRICAN PRESIDENTS

These African Presidents are the longest serving Presidents in Africa still in office till date.
10. PAUL KAGAME (2000 – TILL DATE)

longest serving presidents in africa
Years in office: 16 years +
In 1994, Paul Kagame and his RPF rebels defeated the Rwandan National Army in 1994 to end the Rwandan Genocide.
After taking power, Paul Kagame became the de facto leader of Rwanda. He appointed Pasteur Bizimungu, a civil servant, as the president of Rwanda. Kagame held the role of vice president and commander in chief of Armed Forces.
Pasteur Bizimungu resigned in 2000, and Paul Kagame was elected by government ministers and the national assembly the president of Rwanda, a position he holds till today.
9. DENIS SASSOU NGUESSO (1997 – TILL DATE)

longest serving presidents in africa
Years in office: 19 years +
One of the longest serving rulers in Africa is Denis Nguesso, the president of Republic of the Congo. He ruled the Republic of the Congo between for 13 years (1979-1992).
In 1997, with the help of Angola, Sassou Nguesso toppled his successor Pascal Lissouba, the first democratically elected President of the Republic of the Congo in a bloody war.
Sassou Nguesso formed a government of national unity after the war, and he remains the President of the Republic of Congo till date.
8. ISAIAS AFWERKI (1993 – TILL DATE)

longest serving African Presidents
Years in office: 23 years +
Isaias Afewerki has been the president of Eritrea since the country gained its independence in 1993.
Isaias, who had been the de facto leader before independence was expected to implement reforms that would place the country on a democratic path. Instead, his government has created a dictatorial rule, which ranks alongside North Korea in global media freedom.
Human right abuses, massive starvation, emigration are the bitter legacies of one of the longest serving African Leader.
7. IDRISSA DEBY (1990 – TILL DATE)

longest serving presidents in africa
Years in power: 26 years +
Idrissa Deby came to power in a military coup in 1990, after ousting the very man he had helped bring to power.
There have been several attempts to topple Idrissa Deby as the leader of Chad efforts remain unsuccessful as French-backed Deby has built one of the strongest Army in Africa with his country’s oil proceeds.
Idrissa Deby remains of the longest serving presidents in Africa, due to lack of strong political oppositions. Critics and oppositions of his government have not had it easy. Idrissa Deby intends to stay in power for a very long time.
6. OMAR AL-BASHIR (1989 – TILL DATE)

longest serving African presidents
Years in power: 27 years +
Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir came to power in 1989 when he led a group of officers in a military coup that ousted the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi.
In March 2009, President Omar Al-Bashir became the first sitting president to be indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), he is wanted by the ICC for genocide.
Omar Al-Bashir won consecutive elections in 2010 and 2015 and his one of the longest serving presidents in Africa
5. YOWERI MUSEVENI (1986 – TILL DATE)

oldest presidents in power
Years in power: 30 years +
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