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Longest serving world leaders after the Queen

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Governments have come and gone; the majority of them may not have been as effective as some may have anticipated, but they nevertheless came and ruled the populace.

Up to her death at the age of 96, the British Queen Elizabeth II enjoyed one of the longest reigns in history. She has served as monarch for more than 70 years, surpassing Victoria of the UK, who has held the position for 63 years. Following George III of the UK (59 years) are Henry III of England (56 years), James VI of Scotland (57 years), Edward III of England (50 years), and William I of Scotland (48 years).

All things considered, African presidents in their time as leaders of their nations are now in rivalry with these monarchs. They have simply disregarded established term restrictions for holding office, with several nearly earning the distinction of being historical tyrants.

Paul Biya, who served as Cameroon’s president after serving as its prime minister, is among those on the list. He takes precedence since he reigned for 44 years, beginning on June 30, 1975.

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has been the president of Equatorial Guinea for 40 years since taking office on August 3, 1979.

On October 13, 1981, Ali Khamenei of Iran began his 38-year stint as president before he eventually rose to the position of the supreme leader.

The president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa, stands out among them as he has been in office since 26 January 1986 and has ruled for a total of 36 years. Some people are unsure of when his reign will finish.

Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of the Congo follows him in being exceptional. He took office as president on February 8, 1979, and served as such from that day through August 31, 1992, for his first term, and from October 25, 1997, till the present.

The Queen’s record may not have been broken, but these leaders still stand out since some of them have governed for the longest periods of time in history.

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