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FACT CHECK: Africa’s Longest Serving Presidents

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1. CameroonImage may contain: 1 person, closeupPaul Biya. 87yrs, in office since 1982.
Biya, 87, took over in 1982 from President Ahmadou Ahidjo after serving as prime minister for seven years. Biya has won five multi-party elections since 1992. The opposition has called the results fraudulent. Two-term limits were abolished in 2008.
2. Equatorial Guinea  Teodoro Obiang Nguema. 78yrs.
In office since 1979.Obiang, 78, seized power from his uncle in a coup. While opposition parties were legalized in 1992, Obiang’s Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea dominates. He has won over 90% of votes at every election, some of which the opposition boycotted.
3. Republic of the Congo  Denis Sassou Nguesso. 77yrs. In office since 1979.
He assumed office in 1979 before losing the country’s first multi-party elections in 1992. He regained power in 1997 after a civil war and changed the constitution in 2015 to let himself stand for re-election the following year.
4. Uganda  Yoweri Museveni. 76yrs. In office since 1986.
He became president when his forces seized the capital Kampala after a five-year guerrilla struggle. Museveni has won five elections since 1996. Parliament has twice changed the constitution to allow him to run, first removing a two-term limit in 2005 and then abolishing the age limit of 75 in 2017.
They all have ran for re-election or have expressed interest to run again
I do not blame these presidents, I only blame their faint hearted and lilly-livered countrymen who allowed the future of these countries stolen by invalids but  isn’t it the same thing with Nigeria?. Same people who have been ruling since 1960 are still circulating power among themselves

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