Africa’s Youngest Serving Leaders

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These are Africa’s youngest serving presidents, most of whom are army generals serving after coup d’état in their countries.

1. Chad’s 38-year-old President Mahamat Deby

Mahamat ibn Idriss Déby Itno, also known as Mahamat Kaka, is an army general.

He is the chairman of the Transitional Military Council of Chad as the de facto President of Chad. He is the son of the late Chadian President Idriss Déby.


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2. Mali’s 39-year-old President Assimi Goita

Colonel Assimi Goïta is a Malian military officer serving as interim President of Mali since 28 May 2021.

Goïta was the leader of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, a military junta that seized power from former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta after a coup d’état in the 2020.

3. Burkina Faso’s 41-year-old President Paul-Henri Damiba

Born Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, he is a Burkinabé military officer leader of the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration.


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He rose to power after he ousted former President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on 24 January 2022 in a coup d’état in Burkina Faso.

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Mamady Doumbouya

4. Guinea’s 41-year-old Mamady Doumbouya

Mamady Doumbouya is a Guinean military officer serving as the interim president of Guinea since 1 October 2021.

Doumbouya ascended to power following a coup d’état on 5 September 2021 that ousted former president Alpha Condé.

He is a member of the Guinean Special Forces Group and a former French legionnaire.

5. Ethiopia’s 45-year-old Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

Abiy Ahmed Ali is the 4th prime minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, a position he has held since 2 April 2018.

He was the third chairman of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front that governed Ethiopia for 28 years and the first Oromo in that position.


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