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Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe - Number 7 on the dictator's list...
Robert Mugabe - No 7 on the list of the world's worst dictators...
Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe. Age 82. In power since 1980. Last year’s rank: 4
Robert Mugabe once was hailed as a symbol of the new Africa, but under his rule the health and well-being of his people have dropped dramatically, which is as much an abuse of human rights as arbitrary arrest and torture. According to the World Health Organization, Zimbabwe has the world’s shortest life expectancy—37 years for men and 34 for women. It also has the greatest percentage of orphans (about 25%, says UNICEF) and the worst annual inflation rate (1,281% as of last month). He last allowed an election in 2002 but “won” only after having his leading opponent arrested for treason.
He has lost the latest eletion, 2008, but has not yet conceded the result.