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6 African Countries That Once Had Female Presidents (Photos)

The participation of women in politics has increased unlike the olden days when they were not guaranteed the right to uphold any political positions in the society. Thanks to civilization, even some African countries now has a record of women being their Head of States which are:

1. Burundi:

Burundi is an African country that once had Slyvie Kiningi as their female president. She was sworn in to office on October, 27 1993 after President Mechior Ndabaye was assassinated. Slyvie Kiningi happened to be the first female president in Africa who had also served as a prime minister in Burundi.

2. Liberia:

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was a female president in the Republic of Liberia who was elected in 2006. Ellen remained the country's female president from 2006 to 2018 after she won the presidential elections of 2005 and 2011. Ellen Sirleaf was popularly known as Africa's Iron Lady due to her efforts to promote women rights within the country.

3. Malawi:

Malawi once had Joyce Hilda Banda as it's president from 2012 to 2014 after President Bingu wa Mutharika died in office. Joyce Hilda Banda was termed 40th most powerful woman in the world and the most powerful woman in Africa during her tenure by Forbes.

4. Gabon:

Rose Francine Rogombe was the acting President of Gabon from June 2009 to October 2009 after the demise of President Omar Bongo. Rose Francine also happened to the first female Head of State in the country.

5. Central African Republic:

Catherine Samba was an interim President of the Central African Republic after the former President, Mitchel Djototia resigned from office. The president who served from 2014 to 2016 was the first female president the country ever had.

6. Mauritius:

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is the first female President of Mauritius who served the country from 2015 to 2018. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim was a biodiversity scientist who served as the Head of State after Queen Elizabeth II and Monique Ohsan Bellepeau.

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