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Staying power: the world’s longest-serving leaders

Longest serving leaders
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, one of the world’s longest-serving leaders, said on July 26, 2023 he will resign and hand power to his son, after almost four decades of hardline rule. (Photo by Andy EAMES / AFP)

Following the announcement by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen that he was stepping down after nearly four decades in power, here are the world’s longest-serving leaders, except for monarchs.

Equatorial Guinea: The Soviet Union was still a decade from collapse when Teodoro Obiang Nguema came to power in a coup in the west African state of Equatorial Guinea in 1979.