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Leaders of the Middle East: A Photo Gallery

Portraits of Authoritarianism


From Pakistan to Northwest Africa, and with a few exceptions along the way (in Lebanon, in Israel), people of the Middle East are ruled by three varieties of leaders, all of them men: authoritarian men (in most countries); men creeping toward the standard authoritarian model of Middle East rule (Iraq); or men with more proclivities for corruption than authority (Pakistan, Afghanistan). And with rare and at times questionable exceptions, none of the leaders enjoy the legitimacy of having been chosen by their people.

Here are portraits of the Middle East's leaders.

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lebanon michel suleiman Lebanese President Michel Suleiman Ayatollah KhameneiAli Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader, Mahmoud AhmadinejadIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejadnuri al malikiIraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki
hamid karzai afghanistan presidentAfghanistan President Hamid KarzaiHosni MubarakEgyptian President Hosni MubarakMohammed VI of MoroccoMorocco’s King Mohammed VINetanyahu and Dome of the RockIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Libya’s Muammar el QaddafiTurkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip ErdoganKhaled Mashaal, Plaestinian Political Leader of HamasAsif Ali ZardariPakistani President Asif Ali Zardari
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