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.
- Lebanese President Michel Suleiman lebanon michel suleiman
- Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei
- Iranian President Mahmoud AhmadinejadMahmoud Ahmadinejad
- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki nuri al maliki
- Afghanistan President Hamid Karzaihamid karzai afghanistan president
- Egyptian President Hosni MubarakHosni Mubarak
- Morocco’s King Mohammed VIMohammed VI of Morocco
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Netanyahu and Dome of the Rock
- Libya’s Muammar el Qaddafi
- Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan
- Khaled Mashaal, Plaestinian Political Leader of Hamas
- Pakistani President Asif Ali ZardariAsif Ali Zardari