April 12, 2006
As a former Zimbabwean I was interested to see that Robert Mugabe has moved up in the Worlds 10 Worst Dictator listing, he’s now sitting at no. 4 after being ranked 9 last year. Quite an improvement and certainly a much deserved ranking after his regime continues to plunge the country into darkness. I’ll be surprised if he gets any higher than this in the rankings though, he’s got some pretty serious contender’s to beat if he wants to move up.
According to the Parade Magazine article a dictator can be defined as a head of state who exercises arbitrary authority over the lives of his citizens and who cannot be removed from power through legal means.
The 10 Worst dictators listing looks as follows:
- Omar al-Bashir, Sudan. Age 62. In power since 1989. Last year’s rank: 1
- Kim Jong-il, North Korea. Age 63. In power since 1994. Last year’s rank: 2
- Than Shwe, Burma (Myanmar). Age 72. In power since 1992. Last year’s rank: 3
- Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe. Age 81. In power since 1980. Last year’s rank: 9
- Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan. Age 67. In power since 1990. Last year’s rank: 15
- Hu Jintao, China. Age 63. In power since 2002. Last year’s rank: 4
- King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia. Age 82. In power since 1995. Last year’s rank: 5
- Saparmurat Niyazov, Turkmenistan. Age 65. In power since 1990. Last year’s rank: 8
- Seyed Ali Khamane’i, Iran. Age 66. In power since 1989. Last year’s rank: 18
- Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Equatorial Guinea. Age 63. In power since 1979. Last year’s rank: 10
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