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Current Dictatorships

Name the worlds 49 current dictatorships. Due to popular demand, this quiz has been updated and new autocrats have been added.
According to the NGO Freedom House and the website www.planetrulers.com
Only sovereign states are considered here, which excludes Tibet and Western Sahara from the original list.
As of September 2020.
Quiz by Copercohen
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Last updated: September 21, 2020
First submittedApril 27, 2016
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Dictator/Leader
Country
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai
Afghanistan
Abdelkader Bensalah
Algeria
João Lourenço
Angola
Ilham Aliyev
Azerbaijan
Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
Bahrain
Alexander Lukashenko
Belarus
Haji Waddaulah
Brunei
Pierre Nkurunziza
Burundi
Hun Sen
Cambodia
Paul Biya
Cameroon
Faustin Archange Touadera
Central African Republic
Idriss Deby
Chad
Xi Jinping
China
Denis Sassou Nguesso
Republic of the Congo
Miguel Díaz-Canel
Cuba
Ismaul Omar Guelleh
Djibouti
Félix Antoine Tshilombo Tshisekedi
DR Congo
Abdel Fatah al-Sisi
Egypt
Teodoro Mbasogo
Equatorial Guinea
Isaias Afwerki
Eritrea
Abiy Ahmed
Ethiopia
Albert-Bernard Bongo
Gabon
Ali Khamenei
Iran
Barham Salih
Iraq
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
Kazakhstan
Dictator/Leader
Country
Bounnhang Vorachith
Laos
Nouri Abusahmain
Libya
Win Myint
Myanmar
Daniel Ortega
Nicaragua
Kim Jong-un
North Korea
Qaboos bin Said Al-Said
Oman
Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
Qatar
Vladimir Putin
Russia
Paul Kagame
Rwanda
Abdullah Aziz Al Saud
Saudi Arabia
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed
Somalia
Salva Kiir Mayardit
South Sudan
Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan
Sudan
Mswati III
Eswatini
Bashar al-Assad
Syria
Emomalii Rahmon
Tajikistan
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Turkey
Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov
Turkmenistan
Yoweri Museveni
Uganda
Sheikh Khalifa Nahyan
United Arab Emirates
Shavkat Mirziyoyev
Uzbekistan
Nicolás Maduro
Venezuela
Nguyễn Phú Trọng
Vietnam
Abd Al-Hadi
Yemen
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Level 69
Apr 27, 2016
Interesting how they consider a dictator to be anyone in charge of a country that was rated as "Not Free" even though some of them are technically elected officials. Not saying its wrong I just wouldn't have thought of them as dictators
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Level 62
Dec 12, 2016
Dictators are often elected officials who imprison political adversaries, eliminate any true competitors, and hold onto power through intimidation, rigged elections, etc.
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Level 53
Sep 20, 2018
Some of these need to be updated.
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Level 66
Dec 11, 2018
Kinda fun, didn't know a lot of the names, but guessed countries that might be (or have been) run by a dictator. Only one i missed was iraq.
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Level 68
Aug 2, 2020
Time to update. Mugabe is fertilizer now as Zimbabwe is lead by Emmerson Mnangagwa and yes, Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela is a dictator too. Also in Gabon, Bongo changed his first name to Ali and Omar Al-Bashir was deposed in a coup d'etat in Sudan last year to be replaced by Abdalla Hamdok.
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Level 55
Sep 21, 2020
wow
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Level 55
Sep 23, 2020
Putin is probably the one guy who looks exactly the same in every one of his pictures
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Level 33
Oct 8, 2020
How can Erdogan be a dictator when he won every election? He was elected by the turkish people.
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Level 57
Oct 14, 2020
I made this quiz with the data of the NGO Freedom House, who defined a country ruled by a dictator as a "not-free" country, meaning a country where "individual freedoms - ranging from the right to vote to freedom of expression and equality before the law—can be affected by state or nonstate actors." Coming from this perspective, being elected doesn't necessarily mean ruling over a free country. A lot of Head of States in this list have been elected - Putin, Maduro, Kagame, even Lukashenko - but with elections not being perceived as free and equal, the term "democratic" looses a lot of its implicit meaning.
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Level 55
Dec 8, 2020
Sultan Qaboos died this year, Haitham bin Tarik is the new Sultan
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Level 49
Dec 23, 2020
an absolute monarch is not a dictator. theres a cclear difference. please fix that
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Level 57
Dec 26, 2020
Like I said in previous comments as well as the description, this quiz solely relies on the statistics from the NGO Freedom House and I therefore am not the originator of this differentiation. I only transformed the data into a quiz.

But aside from that aspect, I think Freedom House does actually differentiate between absolute monarchs and dictators. That why the Vatican is not featured in this list, while Bhutan and Nepal weren't declared dictatorships in older listings (before they abandoned their absolute monarchies in 2006 and 2008). While there are certainly differences between a classical dictatorship and an absolute monarchy, the rulers of Saudi-Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Brunei and Eswatini also qualify as corrupted monarchies, or in other words as tyrants. The differentiation between an modern-day absolute ruler, a tyrant, a despote or a dictator is quite fluid and therefore exceeds the purpose of this quiz.

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Level 63
Feb 17, 2021
You'd think the Vatican City should be on the list, it's an absolute monarchy.
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Level 46
Feb 3, 2022
There is a difference between the pope and the sultan.The sultan usually rules with an iron fist and unfairly, treating the people like there a bunch of peasants.The pope is kind of like a usual Prime Minister or President
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Level 43
Aug 18, 2022
Zimbabwe is missing
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Level 43
Oct 7, 2022
No Hungary?
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Level 37
Nov 13, 2022
I might consider putting in hungary too despite its free elections