List Of World’s Oldest Heads of State For 2015 – No.1 Is from Africa


You won’t believe that some persons remained in power even after clocking 100. Sometimes one begins to wonder the fun these very old leaders still derive and where they get the strength to continue ruling. Having made the money and fame which is always the reward of politics, why won’t they go and have some rest before death knocks on their doors?

The saying that the youths are the leaders of tomorrow is becoming a mere illusion in some countries of the world as the youths sit back and watch their great grand fathers and mothers refuse to release their tight grip on power. Some of them are legal lifetime leaders while some others are just tyrants who are power drunk. Whatever the case, one keeps wondering when the youth would have a chance to lead, maybe when they are also old like their fathers and grand fathers. And that will only be possible when the old lots are out of the way – of course, pushed out by death! Here are the top 10 oldest presidents in the world who believe they are capable even when age is seriously telling on them.

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10. Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia

Age: 79 Years (December 31, 1935)

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is the King of Saudi Arabia, custodian of the two Holy Mosques and the head of the House of Saud. He served as the deputy governor and then the Governor of Riyadh for 48 years from 1963 to 2011. He was appointed as defense minister in 2011. He was also named the Crown Prince in 2012 following the death of his brother Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Salman was crowned as the new king of Saudi Arabia on 23 January 2015 following the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah.


9. Akihito – Japan

Age: 81 Years (December 23, 1933)

Akihito, 81, ascended the throne after the death of his father, Hirohito, in 1989. As emperor, his duties are largely ceremonial, consisting principally of state visits and apologizing to other Asian countries for Japan’s wartime conduct.

Japanese Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers celebrating his birthday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on December 23, 2013. The emperor turned 80 years old on December 23. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA

8. Paul Biya, Cameroon

Age: 82 Years (February 13, 1933)

Paul hails from Cameroon and was born in February 13 1933. Politics was always in Biya’s blood, and he has managed to be president for several terms, he has been the President of Cameroon since 6 November 1982. At the age of 82 and still in power, Paul Biya is the third oldest president in Africa and also ranks #8 in the list of top 10 oldest presidents in the world.

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7. Raúl Castro, Cuba

Age: 84 Years (3 June 1931)

Raul Castro, who celebrated his 82nd birthday on June 3 has been in power since 2006. He was re-elected President on 24 February 2013, and shortly thereafter announced that his second term would be his final term and that he would not seek re-election in 2018.


6. Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, Kuwait

Age: 86 Years (16 June 1929)

Sabah IV Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah GCB is the 15th Ruler and 5th Emir of Kuwait and the Commander of the Military of Kuwait. He was sworn in on 29 January 2006 after confirmation by the National Assembly of Kuwait.


5. Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand

Age: 87 Years (5 December 1927)

Bhumibol Adulyadej (pronounced Phumiphon Adunyadet) is the King of Thailand. He is also known as Rama IX, as he is the ninth monarch of the Chakri Dynasty. Having reigned since 9 June 1946, he is the world’s longest-serving current head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history, serving for 69 years, 85 days.

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Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej leaves the Siriraj Hospital for a ceremony at the Grand Palace in Bangkok December 5, 2010. King Bhumibol celebrates his 83rd birthday on Sunday. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND - Tags: ANNIVERSARY HEALTH ROYALS)

4. Abdul Halim of Kedah, Malaysia

Age: 87 Years (28 November 1927)

Abdul Halim is the 14th and current Yang di-Pertuan Agong (supreme head of state) of Malaysia, as well as the 27th and current Sultan of Kedah. He previously served as the fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong from 1970 to 1975. He is the first person to hold the position twice, as well as the oldest elected to the office. He is a week older than the world’s longest reigning monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.


3. Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia

Age: 88 Years (29 November 1926)

Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi is a Tunisian politician who has been President of Tunisia since December 2014. Previously, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1981 to 1986 and as Prime Minister from February 2011 to December 2011. He is the second oldest president in Africa, and the third oldest in the world.


2. Queen Elizabeth II, United Kingdom

Age: 89 Years (21 April 1926)

Being a British monarch is a job for life and Queen Elizabeth has been in power since 1952. Plenty have put money on Her Majesty voluntarily stepping down but it’s a bet that never pays out no matter how many generations of Windsors are awaiting their turn.

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1. Robert Mugabe – Zimbabwe

Age: 91 years (February 21, 1924)

Robert Gabriel Mugabe, the Zimbabwean President helped to bring freedom to Zimbabweans only to get himself power drunk, and has refused to step down since 1980. At 91, he is currently the oldest president in the entire world. He is so old now that he has a common habit of sleeping off in public sessions or gatherings. Recently, he slipped and fell while walking down a few steps after a speech in Harare. And even more recent, he read a wrong speech at the opening of parliament and did not seem to notice.


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