Africa is one of the continents where age is just a number when it comes to holding political powers. The saying that the youths are the leaders of tomorrow is becoming a mere illusion as the youths sit back and watch their great grand father refuse to release their tight grip on power. Here are the top 10 oldest presidents in the world dominated by African Leaders.
1. Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe
Robert Gabriel Mugabe was Born on February 21, 1924 (age 93), Kutama, Zimbabwe. He is a Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician who has been President of Zimbabwe since 1987; he previously led Zimbabwe as Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987. Robert Mugabe is the oldest current serving state leader by age (93 years, 225 days).
But he shows no sign of going anywhere. Despite persistent rumours about his health and repeated challenges from within and without, Mugabe has clocked up almost 35 years in power and doesn’t face voters again until 2018.
2. Queen Elizabeth II, United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth was Born on April 21, 1926 (age 91) at Mayfair, London, United Kingdom. She assumed the throne in 1952, when most members of the current cabinet hadn’t even been born. Elizabeth II has been Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand since 6 February 1952.
Elizabeth II is the second-oldest current serving state leader by age (91 years, 166 days).
3. Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia
Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi was Born on November 29, 1926 (age 90), Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia. He is a Tunisian politician who has been President of Tunisia since December 2014. Previously he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1981 to 1986 and as Prime Minister from February 2011 to December 2011.
Beji Caid Essebsi is the third-oldest current serving state leader by age (90 years, 309 days).
4. Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, Kuwait
Sheikh Sabah IV Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah was Born on June 16, 1929 (age 88), Kuwait City, Kuwait. He is the 15th Ruler and 5th Emir of Kuwait and the Commander of the Kuwait Military Forces. He was sworn in on 29 January 2006 after confirmation by the National Assembly.
Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is the fifth-oldest current serving state leader by age (88 years, 110 days). He is the fifth emir of Kuwait, having been sworn in nine years ago. He was previously foreign minister for 40 years, including during the Iraqi invasion in 1990.