The World Top 20 dictators - meet the contenders

Parade Magazine
1) Omar al-Bashir, Sudan
2) Kim Jong-il, North Korea
3) Sayyid Ali KhamEnei, Iran
4) Hu Jintao, China
5) King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia
6) Than Shwe, Burma (Myanmar)
7) Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe
8) Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan
9) Muammar al-Qaddafi, Libya
10) Bashar al-Assad, Syria
11) Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Equatorial Guinea
12) King Mswati III, Swaziland
13) Isayas Afewerki, Eritrea
14) Aleksandr Lukashenko, Belarus
15) Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan
16) Choummaly Sayasone, Laos
17) Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia
A former medical student, Meles Zenawi began his political career by joining a Stalinist guerilla group in 1974. Twenty-one years later he gained power after overthrowing Ethiopia’s much-reviled dictator, Mengistu Haile Mariam. In order to satisfy Western demands for a multi-party democracy, Meles created puppet parties for each of the nation’s major ethnic groups, while the real parties boycotted his elections. In 1998, he subjected his people to an unnecessary border war with Eritrea that caused thousands of deaths. He agreed to international arbitration to settle the border, but when the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission ruled against him, Meles refused to abide by the decision and kept for Ethiopia land that belonged to Eritrea.
18) Hosni Mubarak, Egypt
19) Paul Biya, Cameroon
20) Vladimir Putin, Russia

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