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Presidents Persist

Season 3 | Episode 7

Since 2003, Rwanda has seen economic prosperity and stability under president Paul Kagame. His rule, which very well may endure until 2034, has also been characterized by repression of dissidents and few political opponents.

Kagame is not the only one in the continent, however. Ten of the worlds 20 longest ruling leaders are from Africa. Why and how is this the case? Are people more acceptant towards authoritarian leaders given certain growth and stability?

Host: Niko Marcich
Researchers: Anna von Spakovsky
Guest Interviews: UVA Politics Professor, Robert Fatton
Producers: Geoff Keating and Andy Carluccio

Music: Balmorhea - The Winter, Tristeza - Golden Hill

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