President Hage Gottfried Geingob
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Powers, dynasties and cults: Why are presidential deaths common in Africa?

Former Namibia President the late Hage Gottfried Geingob.

Photo credit: Sumaya Hisham | Reuters

What you need to know:

  • In Cameroon, Paul Biya, now 90, has been leading his country since November 1982 and is the oldest head of state in Africa.
  • In East Africa, Yoweri Museveni has been in power since 1986, making him the fourth longest-serving African president.