Putin To Contest for 5th Term As Russian President -See List of World's Longest Serving Leaders

Putin became acting President in December 1999 and then served as President for two terms in 2000 and 2008. After, Putin held the office of the Prime Minister before returning as President in 2012. He would now be contesting for a fifth term as Russian president in the upcoming elections of March 2024. Read below to know the list of the world's longest serving leaders.
Vladimir Putin To Contest for 5th Term As Russian President - See List of World's Longest Serving Leaders

Vladimir Putin To Contest for 5th Term As Russian President - See List of World's Longest Serving Leaders

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Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that he will be running for a fifth term in the upcoming elections. The 71-year-old officially confirmed his candidature a few days after Russian lawmakers announced March 17, 2024, as the date for the presidential elections.
Putin became acting President in December 1999 and then served as President for two terms in 2000 and 2008. After, Putin held the office of the Prime Minister before returning as President in 2012.
As per Russian law, Putin was not eligible to contest for another term. However, due to a constitutional reform in 2020, Putin can now contest for two more six-year terms. With Putin contesting for a fifth term, here is the list of the longest-serving leaders in the world.

World’s Longest Serving Leaders

1. Equitorial Guniea - President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of the Equitorial Guniea has been in power for the last 44 years. Obiang came to power in 1979.
Obiang came to power through a military coup during the Soviet rule. Under Obiang's rule, Equitorial Guniea has often been referred to as the the "North Korea of Africa".
2. Cameroon - President Paul Biya
Biya has been in power for the past 41 years. Biya, one of the world's oldest leaders came to power in 1982. 90-year-old Biya, who is nicknamed the "Sphinx" for his instructable nature, won the 2018 elections despite being marred by allegations of fraud.
3. Republic of Congo - Preside President Denis Sassou Nguesso
Denis Sassou Nguesso, has been the President of the Republic of Congo for the past 39 years. He was president from 1979 to 1992 and then returned to power in 1997 after the civil war and has remained in power since.
4. Uganda - President Yoweri Museveni
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has been in power for the last 37 years. he was re-elected in the 2021 election.
5. Tajikistan - President Emomali Rahmon
Emomali Rahmon came to power in Tajikistan shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1994. He has been in power for the past 31 years.
6. Eritrea - President Isaias Afwerki
Afwerki has been President of this African nation for the past 30 years. He was first elected when Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993.
7. Belarus - President Alexander Lukashenko
President Alexander Lukashenko, a close ally of Putin has been in power for the last 29 years thanks to Soviet-style repression.
8. Dijbouti - President Ismail Omar Guelle
Ismail Omar Guelle was re-elected for a fifth term in 2021. He has been the President of Dijibouti, also known as the "Dubai of Africa" for the last 24 years.
9. Russia - President Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin has been a Russian leader since 1999. He became acting President in 1999 and then served as President from 2000 to 2008. From 2008 till 2012, Putin served as Prime Minister before returning to office as the Kremlin Head.
10. Rwanda - President Paul Kagame
President Paul Kagame has been president of Rwanda since April 2000. The leader came to power after putting an end to the Tutsi genocide in 1994.
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