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World's longest-serving leaders: Where does Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe rank?

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(Read caption) Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, talks during a 'Meet the Press' session in Harare, Thursday. President Mugabe marked his 30th year in power this week.

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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe marked his 30th year in power this week. He announced plans to stand for reelection in 2012 if his party nominates him, though he still has a number of years to go if he aims to become one of the world's longest-serving leaders.

Iron-fisted Mugabe took the helm of the south African country on March 4, 1980. Despite losing parliamentary elections in 2008, his party won a violent run-off that ultimately put him in a power-sharing agreement with opposition Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Even after three decades in power, the 86-year-old barely cracks the Top 10 list of world’s longest-serving elected leaders.

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Of course, the word “elected” is used very loosely here. Still, we're not including countries ruled by a monarchy.


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