The longest-serving heads of state and dictators in America (and the world)

The longest-serving heads of state and dictators in America (and the world)

Daniel Ortega has just assumed his fifth term – fourth in a row since 2007 – at the helm of Nicaragua, without caring that the Organization of American States, the United States and 40 other nations have considered his election as illegitimate after the rigged elections of November last year.

According to France 24, the path that Ortega has started will make him add “26 years in power” and will thus overcome “to the dictator Anastasio Somoza“, overthrown in 1979 by a “government junta of national reconstruction” in which Ortega precisely had a preponderant role.

The same portal, made a list of the Latin American heads of state who stayed the longest “anchored in power”, list that starts with Fidel Castro (49 years old) and who is second to Ortega.

The names that follow are Augusto Pinochet (17 years), Francois Duvalier (15), Hugo Chavez (14), Evo Morales (13), Rafael Correa (10) and Alberto Fujimori (10).

With that in mind, in this article we recall the presidents (or dictators, as you prefer) of our continent who spent more years in power.

Melissa Galbraith
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