Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Paul Biya named Among Strongest Presidents in the World

Fox News named Paul Biya Among Strongest Presidents

Some world leaders have a fixed term and others continue to reign for decades. Here is a list of the current world leaders who have held power the longest. The list drawn up by Fox News, the American media, excludes the monarchs.

Equatorial Guinea 

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, 77, has been president of the Central African nation for about 40 years after overthrowing his uncle in a 1979 coup. He tops the list of current senior executive in the world. 

His government has been besieged by allegations of corruption and mismanagement. 

Her son Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue is also the country's vice-president. In 2016, his collection of 25 exotic cars was seized during a corruption investigation and sold to a charity in Switzerland for more than $ 27 million.


Paul Biya, 86, took office in 1982 after a seven-year term as Prime Minister. His presidency has faced threats from opposition parties and increased violence in the northern and western parts of the country, where the separatists fought for a separate independent state. 

Cameroon also faces threats from Boko Haram activists across the Nigerian border. Cambodia Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen began his fifth term in 2018, cementing his status among the longest leaders in the world. The 67-year-old has been in power for 34 years, making his way through the political system of his country. 

He fled to Vietnam under the Pol Pot regime, where around two million Cambodians were killed. He returned in 1979, finally becoming Prime Minister in 1985 in a communist government supported by the Vietnamese and waged Cambodia in a civil war against the communist Khmer Rouge radical. 

He suppressed critics and opponents after the 2013 general election showed declining support for his ruling party. Uganda Longtime president Yoweri Museveni is expected to return to his sixth term after a court approved a law removing the age limit for the president. 

Museveni, 75, took power by force in 1986 and declared himself president. He has been re-elected several times since, although international observers have noted problems with the voting process in several elections.


The second supreme head of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, exercises exceptional power over the country. Before taking up the post in 1989, he was President, an essentially ceremonial role. Khamenei, 80, is considered the most powerful figure in Iran and controls his branches of government, the military and the media. He is the second oldest autocrat in the Middle East and the second oldest leader in Iran in the last century, after Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. Other mentions:

The deceased North Korean founder, Kim Il-sung, ruled his Red State for 46 years before dying in 1994 while in power. 

Enver Hoxha of Albania remained in power for four decades before his death in 1985, and Fidel Castro came to power during the Cuban revolution of 1959. The deceased leader entrusted the presidency to his brother Raul in 2008.