A dictator is a leader who holds absolute authority and an extraordinary degree of personal power. They have the power to make laws, suspend elections, proclaim a state of emergency and repress political opponents without following any lawful procedures. The form of government with a dictator as the leader is known as dictatorship and there are no effective constitutional remedies to limit his power. Adolf Hitler, one of the most notorious dictators to have ever walked the earth was someone who is almost synonymous with the word. But there have been several others too who were as cruel, if not more, than him. Pol Pot, the self-proclaimed leader of the communist movement in Cambodia was another infamous dictator who is alleged to have wiped off a fifth of the Cambodian population. As the third president of Uganda, Idi Amin ruthlessly abused his powers and his rule was characterized by rampant abuse of human rights, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, and wide spread corruption. Robert Mugabe, the President of Zimbabwe is another dictator who is often compared to Adolf Hitler for the immeasurable cruelty he inflicted on the people. Browse on to learn more interesting facts about the life of famous dictators from all over the world.
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