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List of current longest-ruling non-royal national leaders

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This list of current longest-ruling non-royal national leaders is a list of the current living longest-ruling heads of nation-states or national governments, excluding royalty, who have served ten years or longer, sorted by length of tenure. Heads of generally recognized sovereign states are ranked by number, while heads of sovereign states with limited international recognition are listed in italics and are not given a numbered rank.

The individuals on the list are not always the most powerful figure in their country’s national government. Some are or have been at one time the most powerful figures in their country’s national government but not necessarily continuously throughout the listed timespan. Some of them have held more than one national leadership-level office: presidency, prime minister-ship, or some other title implying or widely believed to confer national leadership. When more than one such office exists in a country, there may be uncertainty as to which member of the national government actually has the ultimate power. Therefore, this list combines all national level offices held concurrently or consecutively by each individual leader.

RankImageNameAgeCountryOfficeTenure beganLength of tenure
1.Paul Biya 2014.pngPaul Biya88 CameroonPrime Minister, then President[a]30 June 197546 years, 64 days
2.Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at the White House in 2014.jpgTeodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo79 Equatorial GuineaPresident[b]3 August 197942 years, 30 days
3.Ali Khamenei portrait 2019.jpgAli Khamenei82 IranPresident, then
Supreme Leader[c]
13 October 198139 years, 324 days
4.Denis Sassou Nguesso 2014.pngDenis Sassou Nguesso77 Republic of the CongoPresident[d]8 February 1979 – 31 August 1992 (1st time)
25 October 1997 – present (2nd time)
37 years, 152 days
5.Hun Sen at 12th ASEM (cropped).jpgHun Sen69 CambodiaPrime Minister[e]26 December 198436 years, 250 days
6.Yoweri Museveni September 2015.jpgYoweri Museveni76 UgandaPresident26 January 198635 years, 219 days
7.Nursultan Nazarbayev at the 2013 Astana Economic Forum (cropped).jpgNursultan Nazarbayev81 KazakhstanChairman of the
Security Council,
formerly President[f]
16 December 199129 years, 260 days
8.Emomali Rahmon-1.jpgEmomali Rahmon68 TajikistanDe facto Head of State,
then President[g]
19 November 199228 years, 287 days
9.Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki in the Eritrean city of Massawa (cropped).JPGIsaias Afwerki75 EritreaPresident[h]24 May 199328 years, 101 days
10.Alexander Lukashenko crop.jpegAlexander Lukashenko67 BelarusPresident20 July 199427 years, 44 days
11.Daniel Ortega (cropped).jpgDaniel Ortega75 NicaraguaActing Head of State,
then President[i]
4 March 1981 – 25 April 1990 (1st time)
10 January 2007 – present (2nd time)
23 years, 287 days
12.Ismail Omar Guelleh 2018.jpgIsmaïl Omar Guelleh73 DjiboutiPresident8 May 199922 years, 117 days
13.Vladimir Putin - 2006.jpgVladimir Putin68 RussiaPrime Minister, then President[j]9 August 1999 – 7 May 2000 (1st term as Prime Minister)
8 May 2000 – 7 May 2008 (1st & 2nd terms as president)
8 May 2008 – 7 May 2012 (2nd term as Prime Minister)
7 May 2012 – present (3rd & 4th terms as president)
22 years, 24 days
14.Keith Mitchell.jpgKeith Mitchell74 GrenadaPrime Minister22 June 1995 – 9 July 2008 (1st time)
20 February 2013 – present (2nd time)
21 years, 211 days
15.Paul Kagame Portrait 2016-10-14.jpgPaul Kagame63 RwandaPresident22 April 200021 years, 133 days
16.H.E. Hage Gottfried Geingob (cropped).jpgHage Geingob80 NamibiaPrime Minister, then President[k]21 March 1990 – 28 August 2002 (1st time)
4 December 2012 – present (2nd time)
21 years, 67 days
17.Bashar al-Assad (cropped).jpgBashar al-Assad55 SyriaPresident17 July 200021 years, 47 days
18.Ralph Gonsalves.jpgRalph Gonsalves75 Saint Vincent and
the Grenadines
Prime Minister29 March 200120 years, 157 days
19.Recep Tayyip Erdoğan 2019 (cropped).jpgRecep Tayyip Erdoğan67 TurkeyPrime Minister, then President[l]14 March 200318 years, 172 days
20.Ilham Aliyev 2020 (cropped).jpgIlham Aliyev59 AzerbaijanPrime Minister, then President[m]4 August 200318 years, 29 days
21.Mirziyoyev Kuksaroy.pngShavkat Mirziyoyev64 UzbekistanPrime Minister, then President[n]12 December 200317 years, 264 days
22.Sheikh Hasina in New York - 2018 (44057292035) (cropped).jpgSheikh Hasina73 BangladeshPrime Minister23 June 1996 – 15 July 2001 (1st time)
6 January 2009 – present (2nd time)
17 years, 261 days
23.RooseveltSkerrit.jpgRoosevelt Skerrit49 DominicaPrime Minister8 January 200417 years, 237 days
Mahmoud Abbas 2007.jpgMahmoud Abbas85 PalestinePrime Minister, then President[o]19 March 2003 – 6 September 2003 (1st time)
15 January 2005 – present (2nd time)
17 years, 36 days
24.Lee Hsien Loong June 2018.JPGLee Hsien Loong69 SingaporePrime Minister12 August 200417 years, 21 days
25.Faure Gnassingbé 2014.pngFaure Gnassingbé55 TogoPresident[p]5 February 2005 – 25 February 2005 (1st time)
4 May 2005 – present (2nd time)
16 years, 141 days
26.Angela Merkel. Tallinn Digital Summit.jpgAngela Merkel67 GermanyFederal Chancellor22 November 200515 years, 284 days
27.Viktor Orbán 2018.jpgViktor Orbán58 HungaryPrime Minister6 July 1998 – 27 May 2002 (1st time)
29 May 2010 – present (2nd time)
15 years, 56 days
28.Frank Bainimarama November 2014.jpgFrank Bainimarama67 FijiActing Head of State,
then Prime Minister[q]
29 May 2000 – 13 July 2000 (1st time)
5 December 2006 – present (2nd time)
14 years, 316 days
29.Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow.jpgGurbanguly Berdimuhamedow64 TurkmenistanPresident[r]21 December 200614 years, 255 days
30.A. Ouattara.jpgAlassane Ouattara79 Côte d’IvoirePrime Minister, then President[s]7 November 1990 – 9 December 1993 (1st time)
4 December 2010 – present (2nd time)
13 years, 304 days
31.The former President of Sri Lanka, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa meeting the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on September 12, 2018 (cropped).JPGMahinda Rajapaksa75 Sri LankaPrime Minister[t]6 April 2004 – 19 November 2005 (1st term as Prime Minister)
19 November 2005 – 9 January 2015 (Term as president)
26 October 2018 – 15 December 2018 (2nd disputed term as Prime Minister)[u]
21 November 2019 – present (3rd term as Prime Minister)
12 years, 248 days
32.Ueli Maurer2018.jpgUeli Maurer70  SwitzerlandFederal Council Member,
formerly President[v]
1 January 200912 years, 244 days
33.Secretary Pompeo Meets With President Macky Sall in Dakar (49554060831) (cropped).jpgMacky Sall59 SenegalPrime Minister, then President[w]21 April 2004 – 19 June 2007 (1st time)
2 April 2012 – present (2nd time)
12 years, 212 days
34.Miloš Zeman březen 2015.JPGMiloš Zeman76 Czech RepublicPrime Minister, then President[x]22 July 1998 – 15 July 2002 (1st time)
8 March 2013 – present (2nd time)
12 years, 171 days
35.President Azali Assoumani.jpgAzali Assoumani62 ComorosPresident[y]30 April 1999 – 21 January 2002 (1st time)
6 May 2002 – 26 May 2006 (2nd time)
26 May 2016 – present (3rd time)
12 years, 20 days
36.Borut Pahor (cropped).jpgBorut Pahor57 SloveniaPrime Minister, then President[z]21 November 2008 – 10 February 2012 (1st time)
22 December 2012 – present (2nd time)
11 years, 335 days
37.Ali Bongo - allocution du 21 mars 2020 (cropped).jpgAli Bongo Ondimba62 GabonPresident16 October 200911 years, 321 days
Arayik Harutyunyan.pngArayik Harutyunyan47 ArtsakhPrime Minister, then President[aa]14 September 2007 – 25 September 2017 (1st time)
21 May 2020 – present (2nd time)
11 years, 115 days
38.Mark Rutte 2015 (1).jpgMark Rutte54 NetherlandsPrime Minister14 October 201010 years, 323 days
39.Simonetta Sommaruga 2016.jpgSimonetta Sommaruga61  SwitzerlandFederal Council Member,
formerly President[ab]
1 November 201010 years, 305 days
40.Alpha Condé 2014-10-09.jpgAlpha Condé83 GuineaPresident21 December 201010 years, 255 days
41.Nguyễn Phú Trọng 092916 (cropped).jpgNguyễn Phú Trọng77 VietnamGeneral Secretary,
formerly also
President[ac]
19 January 201110 years, 226 days
42.Milo Đukanović in 2010 (cropped).jpgMilo Đukanović59 MontenegroPresident[ad]3 June 2006 – 10 November 2006 (1st term as Prime Minister)
29 February 2008 – 29 December 2010 (2nd term as Prime Minister)
4 December 2012 – 29 November 2016 (3rd term as Prime Minister)
20 May 2018 – present (Term as president)
10 years, 200 days
43.Faustin Touadera October 2019.jpgFaustin-Archange Touadéra64 Central African RepublicPrime Minister, then President[ae]22 January 2008 – 17 January 2013 (1st time)
30 March 2016 – present (2nd time)
10 years, 152 days
44.Salva Kiir Mayardit at the White House (cropped).jpgSalva Kiir Mayardit70 South SudanPresident[af]9 July 201110 years, 55 days
45.Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.jpgAbdrabbuh Mansur Hadi76 YemenActing President,
then President[ag]
4 June 2011 – 23 September 2011 (1st time)
23 November 2011 – present (2nd time)
10 years, 27 days

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