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Kim Il Sung

North Korea

46 Years

 
Fidel Castro

Cuba

44 Years

 
Enver Hoxha

Albania

41 Years

 
Haile Selassie

Ethiopia

39 Years

 
Francisco Franco

Spain

36 Years

 
Antonio Salazar

Portugal

36 Years

 
Omar Bongo

Gabon

36 Years

 
Etienne Eyadema

Togo

36 Years

 
Todor Zhivkov

Bulgaria

35 Years

 
Josip Broz

Yugoslavia

35 Years

 
Alfredo Stroessner

Paraguay

35 Years

 

Hassan II

Morocco

34 Years

 

Reza Pahlavi

Iran

34 Years

 
Mu'ammar Quathafi

Libya

34 Years

 
János Kádár

Hungary

32 Years

 
Mobuto Sese Seko

Zaire

32 Years

 
Rafael Trujillo

Dominican Republic

31 Years

 
Hafez Al-Assad

Syria

30 Years

 
Hastings Banda

Malawi

30 Years

 
Thojib Suharto

Indonesia

30 Years

 
Juan Vicente Gómez

Venezuela

27 Years

 
Mao Tse Tung

China

27 Years

 
France Albert Rene

Seychelles

26 Years

 
Chaing Kai Shek**

Taiwan

26 Years

 
Hassan Gouled Aptidon

Djibouti

25 Years

 
Joseph Stalin

USSR

25 Years

 
Nicolae Ceausescu

Romania

24 Years

 
Daniel Arap Moi

Kenya

24 Years

 
Teodoro Obiang

Equatorial Guinea

24 Years

 
Saddam Hussein

Iraq

24 Years

 
Eduardo Dos Santos

Angola

24 Years

 
Heider Aliev *

Azerbaijan

23 Years

 
Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe

23 Years

 
Benito Mussolini

Italy

22 Years

 
Forbes Burnham

Guyana

21 Years

 
Ferdinand Marcos

Phillipines

21 Years

 
Anastasio Somoza García

Nicaragua

20 Years

 
Leonid Brezhnev

USSR

18 Years

 
Erich Honecker

East Germany

17 Years

 
Haile Mariam Menghistu

Ethiopia

17 Years

 
Augusto Pinochet

Chile

17 Years

 
Park Chung-Hee

South Korea

16 Years

 
Hugo Banzer

Bolivia

14 Years

 
Papa Doc Duvalier

Haiti

14 Years

 
Jean-Bédel Bokassa

C A R !

13 Years

 
Houari Boumédienne

Algeria

13 Years

 
Slobodan Milosovic

Yugoslavia

13 Years

 
Anastasio Somoza Debayle

Nicaragua

13 Years

 
Islam Karimov

Uzbekistan

13 Years

 
Adolf Hitler

Germany

11 Years

 
Saparmurat Niyazov

Turkmenistan

11 Years

 
Samuel Doe

Liberia

10 Years

 
Ruhollah Khomeini

Iran

10 Years

 
Idi Amin

Uganda

9 Years

 
Zia Ul-Haq

Pakistan

9 Years

 
Fulgencio Batista

Cuba

9 Years

 
Kim Jong Il

North Korea

9 Years

 
Alexander Lukashenko

Belarus

9 Years

 
Ibrahim Babangida

Nigeria

8 Years

 
Ngo Dinh Diem

Vietnam

8 Years

 
Wojciech Jaruselzski

Poland

8 Years

 
Hugo Bánzer

Bolivia

7 Years

 
Desi Bouterse

Suriname

7 Years

 
Manuel Noriega

Panama

6 Years

 
Charles Taylor

Liberia

6 Years

 
Sani Abacha

Nigeria

5 Years

 
Jorge Videla

Argentina

5 Years

 
Ion Antonescu

Romania

4 Years

 
Pol Pot

Cambodia

4 Years

 
Hideki Tojo

Japan

4 Years

 
Humberto Branco

Brazil

3 Years

 
Pervez Musharraf

Pakistan

3 Years

 
Vidkun Quisling

Norway

3 Years

 

** Chiang Kai Shek. Although Chiang also ruled China from 1928-49 and is therefore the longest serving leader in the chart thedictatorship.com had to be quite strict in the marking. Between these years China was not entirely under his control, with the Communists strong in the North, the Japanese occupying Manchuria and the Soviets dominating the province of Shiangking.

* Heider Aliev ruled in two stretches, as head of Azerbaijan SSR from 1969-1982 and again after independence from 1993-present.

! Central African Republic, later the Central African Empire following the ceremony whence Bokassa proclaimed himself Emperor Bokassa I.

 
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