Strongman (politics)

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A strongman is a political leader who rules by force and runs an authoritarian regime. The term is often used interchangeably with "dictator", but differs from a "warlord".

A strongman is not necessarily always a formal head of state or head of government; sometimes journalists use the term to describe a military or political figure who exercises far more influence over the government than a constitution allows. General Manuel Noriega, for example, was often dubbed the "Strongman of Panama" for the enormous amount of political power he exercised over Panama, despite the fact that he was not the formal president of the state.

Similarly, not every discussion of "strong leadership"[1] (or every promise to provide such[2]) envisages rule by a strongman.

Political figures referred to as "strongmen"[edit]

Country Leader
 Angola José Eduardo dos Santos[3]
 Argentina Juan Perón[4]
 Burundi Pierre Buyoya[5]
 Burma Ne Win
 Burma Than Shwe
 Cambodia Hun Sen[6]
 Cameroon Paul Biya[7]
 Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov[8]
 Chile Augusto Pinochet[9]
 China Mao Zedong[10]
 China Deng Xiaoping[10]
 Republic of the Congo Denis Sassou-Nguesso[11][12]
 Croatia Franjo Tudjman[13]
 Cuba Fidel Castro[14]
 Dominica Rafael Trujillo[15]
 Ecuador Rafael Correa[16]
 Egypt Hosni Mubarak[17]
 Eritrea Isaias Afewerki[18]
 Ethiopia Meles Zenawi[19]
 Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo[20]
 France Napoleon[21]
 Gambia Yahya Jammeh[22]
 Honduras Tiburcio Carías Andino
 Iraq Saddam Hussein
 Kenya Daniel Arap Moi[23]
 Libya Muammar Gaddafi[24]
 Malaysia Mahathir bin Mohamad[25][26]
 North Korea Kim Jong-il[27]
 Pakistan Pervez Musharraf[28][29]
 Panama Manuel Noriega[30]
 Philippines Ferdinand Marcos[31]
 Poland Wojciech Jaruzelski
 Russia Vladimir Putin|[32][33]
 Rwanda Paul Kagame[34]
 Serbia Slobodan Milošević[35][36]
 Singapore Lee Kuan Yew[37]
 South Korea Park Chung-hee[38][39]
 South Korea Syngman Rhee[40]
 Spain Francisco Franco[41]
 Sudan Omar al-Bashir[42]
 Suriname Dési Bouterse[43]
 Taiwan Chiang Kai-shek[44]
 Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan[45][46][47]
 Uganda Idi Amin Dada[48][49]
 Uganda Milton Obote[50]
 Uganda Yoweri Museveni[51]
 USSR Joseph Stalin[52]
 Venezuela Hugo Chávez[53][54][55]
 Venezuela Juan Vincente Gomez
 Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko[56]
 Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe[57]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ See for example: Rao, Mumtaz Hamid, ed. (May 2010). "David Cameron takes the reins in UK; Vows strong leadership". Pakistan Times (Islamabad). Pakistan Times UK Bureau. ISSN 1729-7915. Retrieved 2013-10-27. "Prime Minister David Cameron has said the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition will be united to give Britain a strong and stable leadership for the long term.[...] 'And it will be an administration united behind one key purpose and that is to give our country the strong and stable and determined leadership that we need for the long term.' [...] New Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled more details of his historic coalition on Wednesday, vowing "strong" government after ending 13 years of Labour rule. [...] New Foreign Secretary William Hague insisted the coalition agreement [...] would stand the test of time. [...] 'It will be a strong government,' said Hague." 
  3. ^ "Dos Santos: Angola's shy strongman". Africa Review. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
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  23. ^ Phombeah, Gray (5 August 2002). "Moi's legacy to Kenya". BBC News. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
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  30. ^ "Manuel Noriega Biography". Notablebiographies.com. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  31. ^ Ferdinand Marcos
  32. ^ Hiatt, Fred (24 December 2007). "Myth of the Strongman". The Washington Post. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  33. ^ Angus Roxburgh (2012). The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia. I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-1-78076-016-2. 
  34. ^ "World | Africa | Profile: Rwanda's strongman". BBC News. 25 January 2007. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  35. ^ "Milosevic: Serbia's fallen strongman". BBC News. March 30, 2001. 
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  45. ^ Board, Editorial (3 June 2013). "Prime Minister Erdogan's strongman tactics in Turkey". Washington Post. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
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  48. ^ "Idi Amin's son writes to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni". Africa Review. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
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  50. ^ "Milton Obote Dies at 80; Strongman in Uganda, Twice Overthrown". New York Times. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  51. ^ "Uganda Strongman a Favorite of World Lenders". New York Times. 29 January 1995. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
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