Often times we hear people say the youths are the leaders of tomorrow, but it appears that this cliche doesn’t apply to African politics as the continent boasts of several leaders who are above 70. Today, we bring you the list of oldest serving African Presidents.
10. Jacob Zuma (Age: 73)
The party retained the majority in the 2014 elections. Zuma was elected for a second term as president.
9. Alassane Ouattara (Age 73)
Alassane Dramane Ouattara is the President of the Ivory Coast. He was born on 1 January 1942 and has been serving the nation as its president since 2011. He was the prime minister of the nation from November 1990 to December 1993.
8. Peter Mutharika (Age 74)
Arthur Peter Mutharika is a Malawian politician, educator and lawyer who has been President of Malawi since 31 May 2014.
Mutharika has worked globally in the field of international justice.
7. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Age 76)
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the 24th and current President of Liberia, in office since 2006. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup d’état.
6. Manuel Pinto da Costa (Age 77)
Manuel Pinto da Costa is a Santoméan economist and politician who served as the first President of São Tomé and Príncipe from 1975 to 1991.
He was again elected as President in August 2011 and took office on 3 September 2011.
5. Alpha Condé (Age 77)
Alpha Condé is a Guinean politician who has been President of Guinea since December 2010.
He spent decades in opposition to a succession of regimes in Guinea, unsuccessfully running against the President.
4. Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Age 78)
Abdelaziz Bouteflika is an Algerian politician who has been the fifth President of Algeria since 1999.
He was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1963 to 1979.
3. Paul Biya (Age 82)
Paul Biya is a Cameroonian politician who has been the President of Cameroon since 6 November 1982. A native of Cameroon’s south, Biya rose rapidly as a bureaucrat under President Ahmadou Ahidjo in the 1960s, serving as Secretary-General of the Presidency from 1968 to 1975 and then as Prime Minister of Cameroon from 1975 to 1982.
He succeeded Ahidjo as President upon the latter’s surprise resignation in 1982 and consolidated power in a 1983–1984 power struggle with his predecessor.
2. Beji Caid Essebsi (Age 88)
Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi is a Tunisian politician who has been President of Tunisia since December 2014.
Previously he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1981 to 1986 and as Prime Minister from February 2011 to December 2011.
1. Robert Mugabe (Age 91)
Robert Gabriel Mugabe is the current President of Zimbabwe, serving since 31 December 1987.
As one of the leaders of the rebel groups against white minority rule, he was elected as Prime Minister, head of government, in 1980, and served in that office until 1987, when he became the country’s first executive head of state. He has led the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) since 1975.