Under the terms of the Twentieth Amendment, at 12 noon, January 20, 2017, President Barack Obama is no longer President. He will pack his bags, and the first family will be flown out of 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. Below are the 6 African presidents who have led their countries for an accumulated 190 years of power.
6. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo – 36 years
In April 2016, Equatorial Guinea’s 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.
5. José Eduardo Dos Santos – 36 years
The Angolan 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.
4. 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.
3. Denis Sassou Nguesso – 31 years
In April 2016, Congo’s 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.
2. Robert Mugabe – 29 years
Robert Mugabe has served as prime minister of Zimbabwe since 1980, and has been the nation’s president since 1987. He has been re-elected to the presidency multiple times, but elections have reportedly been tainted by fraud and voter intimidation.
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.