Africa has some of the world’s longest-serving heads of state. Leaders such as Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and José Eduardo dos Santos have been in power for over 30 years.
It’s also a continent of change. Across Africa, 25 presidents have held office for five years or less. A dozen presidents have assumed office in the last two years.
Use this map and chart to explore how long each sitting president has held power.
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The average number of years sitting African presidents have held office
The number of years Africa’s longest-serving sitting president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, has held office
The number of African presidents who have served for five years or less
The average age of sitting African presidents
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Morocco, Lesotho and Swaziland are monarchies and have no presidents. Libya’s government is, at present, disputed. In general, determinations on what qualifies as a country were based on the criteria outlined by Africa Check.