airiefairie (airiefairie) wrote in talk_politics,

On-topic: Craziest world leaders

As of today, America is trembling with suspense (HA!) about who the next president is going to be. Let's hope they won't be nearly as crazy as any of the below list...

1. Francois Duvalier, ruled Haiti from 1957 to 1971. He was very superstitious and obsessed with voodoo magic. He believed he was protected by spirits on the 22nd day of each month. He also claimed FJK died because of his voodoo spells. He also ordered the extermination of all black dogs in the country.

2. Abdala Bucaram, ruled Ecuador from 1996 to 1997. He is known as El Loco, and with his dream to become a famous singer. He celebrated his electoral victory by singing and dancing alongside scantily clad dancing girls. He appointed his relatives to various posts in government. He eventually came up with a pop album, which was terrible.

3. Saparmurat Niyazov, ruled Turkmenistan from 1985 to 2006. The self-centered Turkmenbasi (Father of the nation) wrote a book and said that whoever reads it three times would go to Heaven. He renamed the months of the calendar, naming them after the word for 'bread' and the names of his relatives. He raised dozens of golden statues of himself across the country.

4. Jean-Bedel Bokassa, ruled the Central African Republic from 1966 to 1979. He deposed his twin brother in a coup. He had huge paranoia and megalomania. He claimed he was the 13th of Jesus' apostles. Some believe he was a cannibal.

5. Mobutu Sese Seko, ruled DR Congo from 1965 to 1997. Another megalomaniac, he believed himself to be a demigod. He prohibited anyone else from wearing a leopard fur hat, so his hat would be one of its kind. He ordered the national TV to depict him as a god.

6. Francisco Nguema, ruled Equatorial Guinea from 1968 to 1979. He persecuted teachers and shut down schools, he banned the term "intellectual". He was the son of a witch-healer. He closed a number of hospitals and treated people with magic. He proclaimed himself divine, and also deified cannabis.

7. Kim Jong Il, ruled North Korea from 1994 to 2011. He claimed to have invented the hamburger. His birth is said to have been marked by a double rainbow in the sky. He wasted a lot of money on private parties and high-quality alcohol while the rest of his people were starving.

Your suggestions?
Tags: dictatorship, history
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