As Yahya Jammeh finally stepped down, here’s a list of Africa’s current longest-serving leaders
The past two weeks have placed the African continent on the world map for the wrong reasons. Ex- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh held on to power forcing the newly elected Adama Barrow to be sworn in at the Gambian embassy in Senegal.
He has been in power for more than 22 years, but other current African leaders have ruled longer. Below is a list of Seven other African leaders who have led for more than 30 years…
Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe) — 36 years
King Mswati III (Swaziland) — 30 years
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (Equatorial Guinea) — 37 years
Current election rules: The president is elected in a majority popular vote for seven-year terms. This leader last claimed victory in an April 2016 election, reportedly with 93.7% of the vote. Opposition members and human rights groups have questioned the elections’ fairness.
Denis Sassou-Nguesso (Republic of Congo) — 33 years, nonconsecutive
Jose Eduardo dos Santos (Angola) — 37 years
Current election rules: Under terms of a constitution approved in 2010, the leader of the party that wins a popular parliamentary vote is president for five years. Dos Santos’ party won elections in 2012, so under the new rules, he started the first of a possible two terms. The election was Angola’s third since it gained independence from Portugal in 1975, as it was often wracked by civil war.
Yoweri Museveni (Uganda) — 31 years
Paul Biya (Cameroon) — 34 years
Additional Information from: CNN