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5 AFRICAN PRESIDENTS, YOU HAD NO IDEA HAVE SPENT OVER 20YEARS IN POWER.

July 6, 2018

Democracy can be notably defined as a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. When a leader actually spends more than 4 or 5 years without actually being elected can be very appalling are we actually going to call this true democracy? Here is a compilation of 5 major former/current head of states that have spent more than 20years in power.

5. Isaias Afwerki, 70 years old, Time in Office: 23 years

Isaias Afwerki became Eritrea’s president following its independence from Ethiopia in 1993. Afwerki rose to prominence as a leader of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front, leading the EPLF to victory in its war of independence from Ethiopia.

In the years since independence, though, Afwerki became increasingly tyrannical and his extremely repressive leadership style has been compared to the regime in North Korea. In addition, his government has consistently ranked at the very bottom of the Reporters Without Borders index of press freedom.

Amnesty International estimates that Afwerki may have imprisoned as many as 10,000 political prisoners. Torture, imprisonments, and forced disappearances are a standard feature of his government.

The youths of Eritrea, many of whom are fleeing the country in droves and travelling across the Mediterranean in overcrowded vessels to escape his repressive regime, surely can’t wait to see Afwerki out of office.

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