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Despot

A person or group that rules a country without recourse to democratic elements like free elections. Despots believe that they should rule because they know best how people ought to live. Most governments now are democracies (at least officially), but despots continue to thrive in many areas.
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The president has proven once again his love for a despot leader
Why can some of the smaller African nations boast of book-producing despots, but we, who have been badly served by our dictators, have not been able to get a single seat in literature's Hall of Shame?
My only crimes are that I swore Raila Odinga in as The People's President on January 30, 2018; I head the National Revolutionary Movement (NRM) in order to bring electoral justice, end bad governance and accountability in governance and we are determined to remove the despots from their illegitimate positions of power!
In his scathing privilege speech delivered during the session on Tuesday, Lagman minced no words in calling Marcos a plunderer, a tyrant and a despot, responsible for the killing and silencing of critics during his regime when he imposed martial law.
Is it a simple coincidence that Saddam was the favored leader for not only other useful despots in the region, but also for Western democracy although he permeated a regime of total oppression on Kurds, Turkmen and Shiites?
Societies that give way to fear end up as puppets and prisoners of despots.
Kaliakra was the capital of a short-lived, 14th-century principality in the Dobruja region, which was ruled Despot Dobrotitsa.
Communes and Despots in Medieval and Renaissance Italy demonstrates how Jones's careful analyses of government and civic institutions continue to resonate amongst his peers.
THE Foreign Office was accused yesterday of putting the Queen in the position of having to dine with despots as the row over a royal lunch with foreign monarchs intensified.
all attacks against, and abuses of, civilians." Coalition support for Libya's rebels would compensate for Europe's long-standing tolerance of and assistance to the Arab world's despots and its earlier reluctance to support the Arab's pro-democracy protests, which Europe now sees as a genuine "outburst of pro-democratic sentiment in the Western sense."
6 -- The fact that it is not religion but personal interests of despots and western powers alike that has kept West Asians trapped in dictatorships for almost half a century and more is getting clearer.
Despots Tunisia and Egypt have fallen, Libya is tottering, Jordan, Algeria, and Bahrain are shaking, Iraq is simmering, the Saudis and Moroccans are shivering, Lebanon is Lebanon, Iran and Syria are smiling (nervously), and Western leaders are scratching their heads, unsure what is next.