Although African incumbents facing reelection have so far performed well, those still facing votes will need to tread carefully amid rising public anger.
HUN SEN: 25 years, 2 months. Cambodia’s prime minister was thrust into power in January 1985, making the 33-year-old the youngest prime minister in the world. The former Khmer Rouge cadre’s journey from communist leader to elected head of government spans 25 years of civil war and a massive UN-administered transition to democracy. His government is one of the world's most corrupt and is widely accused of pillaging the country's natural resources.
John Atta Mills took the oath of office Wednesday after a closely contested race.