As Vladimir Putin's election win promises quarter-century as head of State, here are the world's longest-serving leaders

Vladimir Putin won Russia's presidential election on Sunday, giving him a fourth term that will take him to nearly a quarter-century as the head of state or government

AFP March 19, 2018 07:04:06 IST
As Vladimir Putin's election win promises quarter-century as head of State, here are the world's longest-serving leaders

Paris: Vladimir Putin won Russia's presidential election on Sunday, giving him a fourth term that will take him to nearly a quarter-century as the head of state or government.

Here are some of the world leaders who have held power the longest — excluding monarchs enthroned for life.

More than four decades

Topping the list with 49 years in power is Cuba's revolutionary hero Fidel Castro, who handed over to his brother Raul in 2008 when he was in his early 80s.

Taiwan's first president Chiang Kai-shek was in charge on the island and in mainland China for a total of 47 years until his death in 1975.

North Korean founder Kim Il Sung ran the reclusive state for 46 years before dying in office in 1994. He is still revered as the "eternal leader".

Albania's communist dictator Enver Hoxha was in power for 40 years until his death in 1985.

Muammar Gaddafi ruled Libya with an iron fist for almost 42 years before being ousted and then slaughtered in 2011 by rebels.

Omar Bongo Ondimba governed oil-rich Gabon for more than 41 years until his death in 2009.

Still counting

Currently the world's longest serving president is Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema, with 38 years under his belt since he toppled his uncle in 1979.

Others that are still counting their years in power:

Cameroon's president Paul Biya: 35 years.

Congo president Denis Sassou: 34 years, excluding a five-year pause.

Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen: 33 years.

Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni: 32 years.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: 29 years.

Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir: 28 years.

Chad's president Idriss Deby: 27 years.

Kazakhstan's president Nursultan Nazarbayev: 28 years.

Tajikistan's president Emomali Rakhmon: 25 years.

Eritrea's president Isaias Afwerki: 24 years.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Cozy Bear: Russian cyberthreat to COVID-19 vaccine research identical to a skilled intrusion in 2016 US elections
World

Cozy Bear: Russian cyberthreat to COVID-19 vaccine research identical to a skilled intrusion in 2016 US elections

While some patriotic hackers in Russia may indeed operate independently of Moscow, others seem to have strong ties to national intelligence services.

US faces threats from foreign adversaries ahead of 3 November presidential polls, warn intel officials
World

US faces threats from foreign adversaries ahead of 3 November presidential polls, warn intel officials

Officials have said that Russia and China are actively seeking to weaken the US's global standing to undermine confidence in American democracy.

India, China and Russia don't take care of their air pollution, says Donald Trump
World

India, China and Russia don't take care of their air pollution, says Donald Trump

Calling it 'one-sided, energy-destroying', Trump justified America's withdrawal from Paris climate accord on his watch