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Africa and gerontocracy in power.

Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.An aging dictator preens to continue in power: dyed hair, modern lenses, botox to cover wrinkles.. But always the same tricks.

Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.An aging dictator preens to continue in power: dyed hair, modern lenses, botox to cover wrinkles.. But always the same tricks.

Robert Mugabe,President of Zimbabwe, is far-from the only independence-era leader still kicking about in the presidential palace.

The average age of leaders on the African continent is around 60 years old, yet half of the population is under the age of 19.

In Angola Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been in power for fractionally longer than Mugabe’s 33 years. He won another five-year term last year.

Aside from Mugabe and Dos Santos, there is a long list of African leaders old enough to draw their pensions.

They include Ethiopia’s Girma Wolde-Giorgis (88), Cameroon’s Paul Biya (80), Zambia’s Michael Sata (76), Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang (71) and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni (69).

African leaders have a proclivity to die in office, with often destabilising results. READ STORY HERE