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    Holding on to power: World’s longest serving leaders

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    Vladimir Putin
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    Vladimir Putin

    According to a report by Reuters, Russian state opinion pollster VTsIOM said on Monday that its exit polls showed that 76% of Russians had so far voted to support reforms that could allow President Vladimir Putin to extend his rule until 2036. The nationwide vote on constitutional reforms began on June 25 and is being held over seven days as a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic. If approved, the changes would allow Putin to run twice for president again after his current term in office expires in 2024.

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    Queen Elizabeth II
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    Queen Elizabeth II

    She is the longest reigning monarch in British history. She has been on the throne for 68 long years.

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    Fidel Castro
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    Fidel Castro

    Former Cuban president Fidel Castro presided over Cuba for 49 years, and was known for his anti-imperialist stance.

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    Joseph Stalin
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    Joseph Stalin

    Stalin holds the record as a Russian leader for the longest tenure with an extraordinary 29-year term.

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    Kim Il Sung
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    Kim Il Sung

    Kim Il Sung of North Korea held power for 46 years and was the founder of North Korea.

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