How Long Should a President Last? Well, in Some African Countries, as Long as They Want.
A big part of the world is now embracing the innovativeness, enthusiasm, and contribution of the youth but why are some African presidents ruling for too long thus limiting youth potential? African presidents like President Mugabe of Zimbabwe have left behind a legacy of being in power for 30 years while others are still in power after more than a decade of assuming the presidency. Is this trend good for the African growth of the economy? Maybe not.
Recently, Omar al-Bashir served as Sudan’s president for nearly 30 years before being ousted by the army. This brought in the curiosity to do an analysis of Africa’s longest serving presidents. Of interest was President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea who has been in power for four decades. That’s a really long time. Might he be next? He is followed by President Paul Biya of Cameroon who has served for 37 years, President Dennis Sassou Nguesso* of the Republic of Congo has served for 35 years followed by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda who has served for 33 years.