Special Report

The Most Ruthless Leaders of All Time

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François Duvalier
> Country: Haiti
> Years in charge: 1957-1971

Francois Duvalier, known as “Papa Doc,” lived well for decades as ruler of Haiti while his people experienced poverty and hunger. Countless Haitians were “disappeared” by his paramilitary police force, the Tonton Macoute.

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Jean-Bédel Bokassa
> Country: Central African Republic
> Years in charge: 1966-1979

Jean-Bédel Bokassa styled himself as Emperor of the Central African Republic. He was accused of cannibalism and feeding his opponents to animals.

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Idi Amin
> Country: Uganda
> Years in charge: 1971-1979

Idi Amin came to power in a military coup. He is thought to have killed 300,000 opponents. He also expelled Indians and Pakistanis from Uganda and destroyed the country’s economy.

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Augusto Pinochet
> Country: Chile
> Years in charge: 1973-1990

Augusto Pinochet was military dictator of Chile for almost two decades. He was eventually charged with crimes of genocide and terrorism but died without ever standing trial.

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Pol Pot
> Country: Cambodia
> Years in charge: 1975-1979

While attempting to estaboish a communist regime in Cambodia, Pol Pot brought about the deaths of nearly a quarter of the country’s seven million people through execution, torture, starvation, and disease.

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