Top 10 Worst Leaders of the World: A good leader is the one who can transform and inspire the people. The greatest leaders are great models to the ordinary men. But our world has witnessed many cruel and worst leaders who have caused significant harm to the people and their country. Those men cannot be called as leaders as they lacked the leadership qualities. They were not able to provide justice for their citizens, and some are even responsible for brutal murders of a large group of people. They rule by dominating the people around them and use terror as the weapon to control the ordinary citizens. They are murderous monsters who have oppressed the people to the worst and have degraded themselves through their cruel actions. All admire the greatest leaders, and they often discussed among us. But here is the list of the most brutal world leaders who have become famous for their cruelty. We can say that in this world, each country has witnessed one or two worst leaders.
10. Thabo Mbeki (South Africa)
Thabo Mbeki is one of the cruelest leaders of the world, and he was the former President of South Africa. He was introduced to the politics by his father who was a leader in the Eastern Cape African National Congress. He was born on 18th June 1942. He has served the country as the President of the South Africa fro nine years. And during his ruling years, he has created the employment in the middle sectors of the economy. MBki was also the man behind the NEPAD, and its aim was to develop an integrated socio-economic development framework for Africa. His stand on the issue of AIDS has made him face many negative criticisms. Mbeki firmly believed that the correlation between poverty and the AIDS rate in Africa was a challenge to the viral theory of AIDS, and he questioned the relation between HIV and AIDS. His failed action, wasted Billions of the South African Tax payers money into the purchase of advanced weaponry to enhance South Africa’s rather outdated defense force since the 70s and 80s. As the President of South Africa, he was not able to do much to the people.
9. Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe)
The most popular leader Robert Mugabe is one of the most infamous African rulers. He is a teacher by profession and was jailed in the political prisoner under the Ian Smith’s Rhodesian government. He arose as a leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) during the conflict against the conservative white minority government of Rhodesia. In 1979, Mugabe appeared as a hero among the people of Africa. And after that when the general election was conducted, he became Prime Minister on Zimbabwe’s independence in April 1980. But Mugabe proved that he cannot be a good leader. He supported the takeovers of white-owned commercial farms, which lead to the economic collapse and runaway inflation. He has served as the nation’s Prime Minister for about thirty-six years. He was a selfish leader and did nothing for the development of the ordinary people of Zimbabwe. Even though he has ruled the country for many years, he was not able to implement any policies for the economic security or do any real changes in the country. He lacked the quality of professionalism and did not try to understand the citizens of his country.
8. Jacob Zuma (South Africa)
Jacob Zuma is the current President of South Africa. Zuma was elected by the parliament following his party’s victory in the general election in the year 2009. And in 2014, he was re-elected. He is commonly called as JZ, and his clan name is Msholozi. Zuma defeated the famous leader Thabo Mbeki at the African National Congress in Polokwane, and he became the President of the ANC. Zuma always sings the song “Umshini Wam” at almost every State of the Nation Address he attends and that song has fired outrage between the White South Africans, especially And it has also angered other serious Politicians as the racist song just means “shoot the pink skins”. Zuma became embroiled in a corruption controversy, one of many, after his financial advisor, Schabir Shaik, was charged with corruption and fraud. He is a polygamist who has six wives. And it is said that he has 20 children. He is also a man who is having illicit sexual relations, and he is even accused of some rape cases too.
7. Muammar Al-Gaddafi (Libya)
Muammar Al-Gaddafi was a Libyan revolutionary, politician, and political theorist. As he was the son of an impoverished Bedouin goat herder, he started his policial activities from the school days. He was involved in politics at the school in Sabha and later became a part of Royal Military Academy, Benghazi. For about forty years he was a leader and dictator in the country of Libya. His primary objective of spreading Islamic Socialism in Libya was strengthened by introducing sharia as the basis for the legal system. In 1977, Gaddafi dissolved the Republic and created a new socialist state, the Jamahiriya. His many ideas and actions affected the people of Libya very badly. He used his leadership skills not bring economic development and progress in the country but to fulfill own needs. He was the most controversial figure and hugely divisive world leader. He even violated the human rights of the people of Libya and encouraged tribal warfare and terrorism in many other countries.
6. Julius Malema (South Africa)
A controversial notable figure in South African public and political life, Julius Malema was the President of African National Congress Youth League from the year 2008 to 2013. Malema is considered to be the future leader of South Africa by both Jacob Zuma and the Premier of Limpopo Province. This political leader is the head of the Economic Freedom Fighters, a South African political party, which he founded in July 2013. He has found his own dressing style, and that is different from other political leaders. He uses a military side cap and colorful dresses. He has been dubbed as “the government of clowns” and not for no reason. He is not at all a good leader who can be considered as a model. Malema was accused of fraud and money laundering in September 2012. He is a political leader who has started his career at the age of nine. Malema is a famous world leader known for his oratory skills.
5. Islam Karimov (Uzbekistan)
The first President of Uzbekistan, Islam Abdugʻaniyevich Karimov was born on January 30th, 1990. He was an unopposed candidate and won the Uzbekistan’s first presidential election on 29 December 1991, with 86% of the vote. He is a harsh leader, and he is one of the worst leaders. Karimov extended the term of his presidency until 2000 through a widely criticized referendum. He uses the Islamic Militancy to get rid of all his enemies. He is a leader who lacks ethics. There happened an assassination attempt on Karimov in 1999 that elicited, even more, repression of Islamic groups. He assembled against the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and Hizb-ut-Tahrir, the two Islamist organizations that have been designated as terrorist by his government. Karimov is one of the influential leaders in Uzbekistan.
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4. Bashar al-Assad (Syria)
The President of Syria, the commander-in-chief of the Syrian Armed Forces, General Secretary of the ruling Ba’ath Party and the Regional Secretary of the party’s branch in Syria. He was elected as the President of Syria after the death of his father Hafez al-Assad, who was the former President. He is authoritative figure and a controversial leader who cannot tolerate the protests against him. Before coming to the political field, he was a doctor in the army. Assad was entered in a list of 20 sample war crimes indictments of government officials and rebels handed to the International Criminal Court, by David Crane, an American professor at Syracuse University College of Law in New York. He has firm control over the military forces, and he uses that influence, not for the welfare of the country.
3. Omar al-Bashir (Sudan)
The Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir comes at the bottom of this list. War defines Omar al-Bashir profession. Al-Bashir is the first president to be indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC). He was allegedly directing a campaign of mass killing, rape, and pillage against civilians in Darfur. He is the worst leader who lacks the quality of humanity. He was accused of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Al-Bashir is the seventh President of the country Sudan.
2. Thaksin Shinawatra (Thailand)
The ‘sin’ in Thaksin name reflects his sinful acts he has done to the people of Thailand. He was the former Prime Minister of Thailand, and his way of ruling was harsh and blatant. The abuse of power, cruelty to humanity with total less consideration of the people involved in such a ruthless manner of his governing duration. Shinawatra was a business person who later turned to a politician. And so his business tricks were implemented in his political activities too. In 1987, he was considered to be the richest person in Thailand, when the retired police officer founded the mobile phone operator Advanced Info Service and the IT and telecommunications conglomerate Shin Corporation. Thaksin was the first president of the democratic Thailand and he served a full term and was reelected in 2005.
1. Kim Jong –un (North Korea)
The most influential leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim is the son of Kim Jong-il. He is the first secretary of the Worker’s Party of Korea. After the death of his father, Kim was announced as the “Great Successor” by North Korean state television. Kim Jong –un has every right to be on the top of this list! Kim was named the World’s 46th Most Powerful Person on the Forbes list of The World’s Most Powerful People in 2013. The UN General Assembly accused him of crimes against humanity. Kim as a selfish leader has overused his power and invested a large amount of Korean currency in the useless development of Nuclear Weapons.He has done this when the unlucky citizens of his country in the numbers of thousands are starving and working in slavery-themed conditions.