Robert Mugabe this week marks his 30th anniversary as president of Zimbabwe. Here's a list of the world's longest-serving leaders.
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.
Of course, the word “elected” is used very loosely here. Still, we're not including countries ruled by a monarchy.