When it comes to leadership, Africa is known to have people who stay very long in power. The presidents listed below have altogether spent over 160 years as leaders in different African countries
1. IDRISS DÉBY – 25 YEARS
The Chadian president was also re-elected this year after earning 61.5 % of the votes in April. He assumed office in December 1990.
2. DENIS SASSOU NGUESSO – 31 YEARS
In April 2016, Sassou Nguesso was declared the winner of the March elections with 60.39% of the vote. He has been in power in Congo for a total of 31 years
3. PAUL BIYA – 33 YEARS
Cameroonian president Paul Biya has been in Power for 33 years. He’s assumed the presidency in Novermber 1982 and never left. Believe it or not, in 33 years of power, Paul Biya has formed 32 governments.
4. JOSÉ EDUARDO DOS SANTOS – 36 YEARS
The president seized power in September 1979 and has ruled over the oil-rich country ever since. He’s been in power for almost 37 years. Dos Santos has promised to give up power in 2018.
5. TEODORO OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO – 36 YEARS
In April 2016, Obiang Nguema was re-elected in an election with 93.7% of the vote. He overthrew his uncle in a military coup in August 1979. He is Africa’s longest-serving president