Leading a country requires certain skills and experience. But it also takes a lot of energy and availability. And yet in some countries there are heads of state who seem to have the first two qualities but are in an age range that would make them believe a priori that they are not physically fit to govern. These heads of state have for the most part been at the head of their country for a very long time and are very old.
So we let you discover the top 5 of the oldest heads of state in the world.
Robert Mugabe (93), President of Zimbabwe
He is the oldest head of state on the planet. Born February 21, 1924 in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Robert Lugabe holds the reins of Zimbabwean power since 1987.
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe addresses the media in Harare on the eve of the country’s general elections, July 30, 2013. Heavily armed riot police deployed in potential election flashpoints in Zimbabwe on Mugabe And Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai that remains close to call. REUTERS / Philimon Bulawayo (ZIMBABWE – Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
Beji Caid Essebsi (91 years old)
At the age of 88, Beji Caid Essebsi celebrated his 91st birthday in November 2017.
Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed (88 years old)
The 15th emir of Kuwait will be 88 this year.
Raul Castro (86 years old)
The current Cuban head of state is the fourth oldest leader. The brother of Fidel Castro, came to power in 2008. Born June 3, 1931 in Biran (Cuba), Raul Castro Ruz is now 86 years old.
Paul Biya (84 years old)
Paul Biya, born in 1933, has been in charge of Cameroon since November 6, 1982. He is the country’s second chief, after Ahmadou Ahidjo, who died in 1989. He is now 84 years old.