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‘The Punisher’ and Other Terrible World Leaders Elected Into Office

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Powerful and Dangerous

World leaders undoubtedly find themselves in some of the hardest jobs on the planet. Faced with the task of pleasing millions of people, keeping them safe, and preventing threats both foreign and domestic, it’s no wonder that we see our own presidents age so quickly while in office.

Naturally, it’s impossible to please every single person in a given country, so leaders must try their hardest to appease the masses as well as their political party while still following their own intuition and maintaining some degree of integrity. Or do they?

Those who rise to power face the difficult decision of peacefully giving it away when their time is done or otherwise fighting to maintain it. While it might seem foreign in the United States–where we have carefully implemented terms for most elected officials as well as an enforced system of checks and balances–many other countries do not experience the same democracy, and leaders instead grow power hungry and cruel.

Though he jokes about rape and death squads, politician Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte was just elected president of the Philippines. Having called extrajudicial executions and vigilante murder groups “the most effective way to crush kidnapping and illegal drugs,” Duterte isn’t even the worst leader on this list.

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Meet some of the scariest and most powerful people on the planet.