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JOSE EDUARDO DOS SANTOS: 30 years, 6 months. Mr. dos Santos assumed Angola’s presidency in September 1979. Since then, the nation rich in oil and diamonds has remained mostly poor, and in January 2010 the parliament approved a new Constitution whereby dos Santos must no longer be directly voted into power by the populace.

PHOTO: Joao Cortesao/AFP/Newscom

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