ADEOLA AJAYI, EKITI
The long serving president of Russian president President Vladimir Putin, continues his serving reign on Wednesday Wednesday, voters paved the way for him to rule the country until 2036.
His longevity has come from shuffling back and forth between the roles of prime minister and president continuously since 1999. He is regarded as an autocratic leader, and while the country holds elections, they are widely seen as undemocratic and designed in his favor. Election monitors said the 2018 presidential vote was “overly controlled” and “lacked genuine competition.”
The length of Putin’s rule already puts him in the company of autocrats like Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who had the constitution successfully changed so he could extend his rule to 35 years in total.