Museveni and his wife Janet. The Ugandan leader has been in power for 37 years.
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After the stunning fall of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, attention has turned to other longtime African leaders accused of trying to extend their rule. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's sudden move last week to decorate over 300 army officers in a rare mass promotion suggested the jolt of realization across the continent: If Mugabe, who ruled for 37 years, could be forced from power by the military, perhaps anyone can.With Mugabe's departure, Museveni is one of just four African leaders in power who have ruled for more than three decades. The group also includes Cameroon's Paul Biya, who has been head of government or president for 42 years; Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who has ruled since 1979; and Republic of Congo's Denis Sassou Nguesso, who during two spells in office has ruled for 33 years.Museveni, a key U.S. security ally, is the most visible of the four. Museveni himself took power by force in 1986 after toppling a military junta that had removed an elected president.At 73, Museveni is ineligible to run again if the barrier remains.
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