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Discover the Top 10 of the World’s Oldest Leaders; African Leaders Make List.. (Photos)

Despite the unrest of young people around the world, many countries are still ruled by very old rulers.

Here are the oldest heads of state in the world

1. Mahathir Mohamad

Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysian politician became the world’s oldest leader after a landslide victory in the country’s elections. The 92-year-old man was sworn in on Thursday before the Malaysian constitutional ruler, King Muhammad V.

2. Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen of England turned 92 in April. She was enthroned Queen on February 6, 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI. She was only 25 years old. She has governed the country for nearly 66 years.

3. Beji Caid Essebsi

Beji Caid Essebsi, the 91-year-old Tunisian president, took office in December 2014. He is the first democratically elected head of state in the North African nation. He was previously a parliamentary speaker under Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, ousted during the Arab Spring.

4. Sheikh Sabah IV Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah

The emir of Kuwait will be 89 in June 2018. Born in 1929, he officially became emir in 2006. But, in principle, he had taken the reins years ago because of the health problems of his predecessor and half-brother, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

5. Lady Marguerite Pindling


The Governor General of the Bahamas since 2014 is the oldest leader in the world. Born in 1932, she will turn 86 in June 2018. She is the widow of the former Prime Minister of the Bahamas and “Father of the Nation” Lynden Pindling. Commonwealth Nation, the Governor General is the official representative of Queen Elizabeth.

6. Sir Colville Young

Aged 85, Sir Colville has been the Governor General of Belize for 25 years. A politician since the 1960s, he is closely involved in education, music and literature.

7. Paul Biya


The 85-year-old Cameroonian president has headed the country since 1982. Previously prime minister, he has close ties with France, the former colonial power of Cameroon.

8. Akihito

The Emperor of Japan succeeded his father in 1989. At the age of 84, he is expected to resign in 2019.

9. Michel Aoun

In this Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 photo provided by Lebanon’s official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, poses for an official picture, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon’s parliament on Monday elected Michel Aoun, an 81-year-old former army commander and strong ally of the militant group Hezbollah, as the country’s president, ending a more than two-year vacuum in the top post and a political crisis that brought state institutions perilously close to collapse. (Dalati Nohra via AP)

The 83-year-old Lebanese president was elected in 2016. He was formerly army general and served as prime minister. Aoun spent 15 years in exile after the invasion of the country by Syrian forces in 1990.

10. Mahmoud Abbas

The president of the Palestinian Authority is also 83 years old. A Fatah member and former president of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), he was elected in 2005 after being prime minister.

Photo credit: Mediaupdate


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