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
 Afghanistan Hafizullah Amin[3]
 Angola José Eduardo dos Santos[4]
 Argentina Juan Perón[5]
 Argentina Leopoldo Galtieri[6]
 Armenia Garegin Nzhdeh[7]
 Armenia Vazgen Sargsyan[8]
 Belarus Alexander Lukashenko[9]
 Burundi Pierre Buyoya[10]
 Burma Ne Win[11]
 Burma Than Shwe[12]
 Cambodia Hun Sen[13]
 Cambodia Pol Pot[14]
 Cameroon Paul Biya[15]
 Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov[16]
 Chile Augusto Pinochet[17]
 China Mao Zedong[18]
 China Deng Xiaoping[18]
 Republic of the Congo Denis Sassou-Nguesso[19]
 Croatia Franjo Tudjman[20]
 Cuba Fidel Castro[21]
 Cuba Fulgencio Batista[22]
 Cuba Raul Castro
 Dominican Republic Rafael Trujillo[23]
 Ecuador Rafael Correa[24]
 Egypt Hosni Mubarak[25]
 Eritrea Isaias Afewerki[26]
 Ethiopia Meles Zenawi[27]
 Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo[28]
 France Napoleon[29]
 Gambia Yahya Jammeh[30]
 Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler[31]
 East Germany Erich Honecker[32]
 Greece Georgios Papadopoulos[33]
 Honduras Tiburcio Carías Andino[34]
 Indonesia Suharto[35]
 Indonesia Sukarno[36]
 Iraq Saddam Hussein[37]
 Italy Benito Mussolini[38]
 Kenya Daniel Arap Moi[39]
 Lebanon Hassan Nasrallah[40]
 Libya Muammar Gaddafi[41]
 Malaysia Mahathir bin Mohamad[42]
 Nicaragua Anastasio Somoza García[43]
 North Korea Kim Il-sung[44]
 North Korea Kim Jong-il[45]
 North Korea Kim Jong-un
 Pakistan Pervez Musharraf[46]
 Panama Manuel Noriega[47]
 Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo[48]
 Philippines Ferdinand Marcos[49]
 Poland Wojciech Jaruzelski[50]
 Romania Nicolae Ceausescu [51]
 Russia Vladimir Putin[52][53]
 Rwanda Paul Kagame[54]
 Serbia Slobodan Milošević[55]
 Singapore Lee Kuan Yew[56]
 Syria Salah Jadid[57]
 Syria Hafez al-Assad[58]
 Syria Bashar al-Assad[59]
 South Korea Park Chung-hee[60]
 South Korea Syngman Rhee[61]
 South Vietnam Ngo Dinh Diem[62]
 Spain Francisco Franco[63]
 Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa
 Sudan Omar al-Bashir[64]
 Suriname Dési Bouterse[65]
 Taiwan Chiang Kai-shek[66]
 Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk[67]
 Turkey İsmet İnönü[68]
 Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan[69]
 Tunisia Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
 Uganda Idi Amin Dada[70]
 Uganda Milton Obote[71]
 Uganda Yoweri Museveni[72]
 USSR Joseph Stalin[73]
 Venezuela Hugo Chávez[74]
 Venezuela Juan Vincente Gomez[75]
 Venezuela Juan Antonio Perez[75]
 Venezuela Antonio Guzmán Blanco[75]
 Venezuela Marcos Pérez Jiménez[75]
 Vietnam Ho Chi Minh[76]
 Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito[77]
 Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko[78]
 Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe[79]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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