Africa has the longest serving presidents and many more are still stuck in power. We bring you the top 5 longest serving presidents in Africa today. How long have they served and how old are they?
2. Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi is the long serving president of Libya. He was first the prime minister of Libya before becoming the president of the country. He came into power in 1969 after a coup and has so far spent 42 years in power, counting to date. He is now considered the longest serving leader since the death of Gabon President, Omar. He is a fervent advocate of the unity of all Arab states into one Arab nation. He is 68 going to 69 come June.
3. Hosni Mubarak is the long serving president of Egypt and is the second president after assassination of President Anwar El-Sadat. To date, he has ruled for 30 years and counting. He is facing protests now in Egypt and is being forced to step down. He was vice president before coming into power. Hosni is now 82 going to 83.
4. Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe, born in February 1924 and is currently 86 years going to 87. Mugabe came into power in 1980 when he was elected Prime minister. Later on in 1987, he came into power as president of Zimbabwe and is also the second president to rule his country. He has spent 24 years in power.
5. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda recently marked 25 years in power since he came into power in 1986. He is known for bringing freedom back into the country and his role in returning the rule of law and peace. He is currently running for re-election and if he wins, he gets to stay in power for another 5 years making it 30 years in power in 2016. Museveni is our youngest, yet among the longest serving presidents. He is now 66 years old.