“Putin’s Bid for a Fifth Term Amidst the World’s Longest-Serving Presidents”

"World's Longest-Serving Leaders: Putin Seeks 5th Term Amidst Global Tenure Records"

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent announcement to run for a fifth term in the upcoming elections places him among the world’s top ten longest-serving elected leaders. As he gears up for his continued leadership, here’s a glance at the roster of enduring figures in global politics, ranked by the cumulative years in power.

Teodoro Obiang Nguema, 81, gained control in Equatorial Guinea through a coup in 1979, marking a 44-year repressive rule that likened the country to the “North Korea of Africa.”

Paul Biya, Cameroon’s 90-year-old President, holds the record as the oldest elected leader, having maintained an iron grip on the country for 41 years, marked by a contentious seventh-term victory in 2018.

Denis Sassou Nguesso, 80, has spent 39 years leading Congo-Brazzaville, witnessing periods of governance interrupted by civil strife.

Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, 79, stands at 37 years in power, winning a contested sixth term in 2021 amid political tensions.

Emomali Rahmon, 71, has held a firm grip on Tajikistan for 31 years, ascending to leadership after the Soviet Union’s dissolution.

Isaias Afwerki, 77, has steered Eritrea for 30 years following its independence from Ethiopia.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus’s 69-year-old president, has ruled for 29 years, employing authoritarian methods reminiscent of Soviet governance.

Ismail Omar Guelleh, 76, continues to lead Djibouti for 24 years, securing a fifth-term victory in 2021.

Putin, 71, has held Russia’s helm since December 1999, navigating multiple terms, constitutional amendments, and consolidating power, extending his tenure beyond conventional limits.

Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s President since 2000, assumed leadership after the tragic genocide, marking 23 years of governance.

These long-serving leaders exhibit various political landscapes, from controversial elections to constitutional amendments, showcasing both stability and challenges within their tenures, shaping the global political landscape.

Sources By Agencies

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