This is a list of the longest serving presidents after the retirement of Castro, all of them has been on the top of their countries for more than quarter of a century. Do you think that there is a chance that Mubarak will be the first soon?!!
Between brackets is the country ranking in global human development.
1. Gabon (ranks 119): Omar Bongo 1967
Omar Bongo ascended to Gabon's presidency Dec. 2, 1967, after his predecessor's death. In his 70s, Bongo faces little political opposition in oil-rich West African nation of 1.5 million.
2. Libya (ranks 56): Moammar Gadhafi 1969
Moammar Gadhafi of Libya took power through a Sept. 1, 1969, military coup in the oil-producing North African nation of 6 million people. In his 60s.
3. Maldives (ranks 100): Maumoon Abdul Gayoom 1978
Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, in his late 60s, came to power Nov. 11, 1978, in the Indian Ocean island nation of 370,000.
4. Equatorial Guinea (127): Teodoro Obiang 1979
Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea, in his mid-60s, seized power in the oil-producing West African nation of 500,000 citizens in Aug. 3, 1979, coup.
5. Angola (162): Jose Eduardo dos Santos 1979
Angola's Jose Eduardo dos Santos took power Sept. 21, 1979, after winning election under one-party system then governing the oil-producing southern Africa nation of 12 million. In his 60s.
6. Zimbabwe (151): Robert Mugabe 1980
Robert Mugabe has been only leader of Zimbabwe's 12 million people since April 18, 1980, independence from Britain. In his 80s.
7. Egypt (112): Hosni Mubarak 1981
Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, 80, became president Oct. 14, 1981, after assassination of Anwar Sadat. Egypt has 80 million people.
P.S. 6 out of the top 7 are Arab & African countries, that tells you something?!