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Craziest modern dictators

Craziest modern dictators

Craziest modern dictators Kim Jong Il

The famous former leader of Communist North Korea, claimed to be the “Creator of the Universe” and to have supernatural powers. He claimed that North Korea was the most powerful and respected country in the world, where nobody lives in poverty and everyone leads a happy life. He once ordered the kidnapping of two South Korean directors to produce a re-make of the “Godzilla” movie, but from a Communist perspective.

Craziest modern dictators Francisco Macias Nguema

This President of the Equatorial Ginea was overthrown by his own nephew in 1979. He also thought of himself as being a God on Earth, but nevertheless, ordered the murder of the head of the National Bank (and hid all the money in his house) and of 150 political opponents who were executed on a football field.

Craziest modern dictators Francois Duvalier

Duvalier, or “Papa Doc” was a dictator of Haiti who, following a heart attack, decided to appoint Clement Barbot as acting president and then accused him of trying to take the power away from him. After a failed coup against Duvalier, Barbot was chased by the police, but since he was not found easily, Duvalier thought that he may have transformed into a black dog and ordered the death of all black dogs in Haiti. After Barbot was caught, he got executed and Duvalier kept his head for Voodoo rituals.

Craziest modern dictators Yahya Jammeh

Jammeh has been the dictator of The Gambia since 1994 and is one of the political leaders of the world who claims having mystical powers. He stated that he wants to impose stricter laws than in Iran and that The Gambia has been the oldest and largest state of Africa, until the British government sold it to the French.

Craziest modern dictators Idi Amin

Amin was famous for his cruelty while he was the dictator of Uganda, and it is believed that he fed on some dissidents or fed them to his pet crocodiles. Supposedly, he was also writing love letters to Queen Elizabeth and banned all Asians from Uganda because his marriage proposal was rejected by the daughter of an important Asian family.

Craziest modern dictators Mobutu Sese Seko

Mobutu was the President of Zaire, or what is nowadays the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He created insane laws such as the one forbidding any name to be mentioned on national television, except his, or the one banning all leopard-printed hats, except his own. As if it were not enough, he also jailed all the people who did not have African names. He died of prostate cancer in 1997.

Craziest modern dictators Muammar Qaddafi

Qaddafi was the famous dictator of Libya who supposedly had only female virgins as bodyguards. He hated Switzerland and claimed that the state should be dissolved. He also stated that once he conquered the U.S. His attitude in international relations was quite bizarre; he banned Italians from Libya, as a punishment for the occupation of Libya by the Italians during WWII and also claimed that the Israelis were guilty for the assassination of the American President, J.F. Kennedy.

Craziest modern dictators Nicolae Ceausescu

Ceausescu was the General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party for 24 years, until 1989. He demanded his almost illiterate wife to be included as a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and claimed that his son Nicu published several books on Nuclear Physics. Ceausescu was the self-proclaimed “Genius of the Carpathians”, and he is also famous for the building of the People’s House, the second largest building after the Pentagon.

Craziest modern dictators Saparmurat Niyazov

As President of Turkmenistan until 2006, Niyazov was famous for naming the months after himself and his family and requiring that everybody learns by heart his book. Whoever did not know his book by heart, would become unemployed or would not get the driver’s license. All Turkmen currency has his picture.

Craziest modern dictators Rafael Trujillo

Trujillo was dictator of the Dominican Republic and he was one of the political leaders who thought of themselves as gods. He demanded all churches to put up a sign saying “God in Heaven, Trujillo on Earth” and appointed his 3 year old son as colonel. Similarly to Ceausescu, Trujillo also campaigned for making his wife famous. Although she was illiterate, he wanted her to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

 

 

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