The last dictators: As Mugabe is ‘removed from power’, these are the despots who still remain rulers

After decades in power, Robert Mugabe’s rule over Zimbabwe appears to be at an end.

Zimbabwe’s president is reportedly under house arrest after the military seized power, potentially bringing his decades-long rule to an end.

As the man who once quipped that he would continue ruling until he was 100 seems to have been toppled from the top, we look at the world’s last remaining dictators – some of them you may not even have heard of…..

Omar al-Bashir – Sudan

Age: 73
Came to Power: 1989
Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir came to power in a coup in 1989. He is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC) but despite an international travel ban, has made several diplomatic visits. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)

<p>Age: 73<br />Came to Power: 1989<br />Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir came to power in a coup in 1989. He is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC) but despite an international travel ban, has made several diplomatic visits. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi) </p>

Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov – Turkmenistan

Age: 60
Came to power: 2007
Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, known as the Tyrant of Turkmenistan, came to power after the death of Saparmurat Niyazov, who was known for renaming the months of the year after himself and his mother. Former dentist Gurbanguly has endeavoured to supercede his predecessor with his eccentricity, including a 21m marble and gold leaf statue of himself as well as peforming songs to his citizens. (AP Photo/Alexander Vershinin, File)

<p>Age: 60<br />Came to power: 2007<br />Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, known as the Tyrant of Turkmenistan, came to power after the death of Saparmurat Niyazov, who was known for renaming the months of the year after himself and his mother. Former dentist Gurbanguly has endeavoured to supercede his predecessor with his eccentricity, including a 21m marble and gold leaf statue of himself as well as peforming songs to his citizens. (AP Photo/Alexander Vershinin, File) </p>

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – Iran

Age: 78
Came to power: 1989
As Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is the highest authority in Iran. While some think he is not a dictator, he remains the Supreme Leader until he chooses to give up the post, dies, or is deposed. (Picture: REUTERS/Caren Firouz)

<p>Age: 78<br />Came to power: 1989<br />As Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is the highest authority in Iran. While some think he is not a dictator, he remains the Supreme Leader until he chooses to give up the post, dies, or is deposed. (Picture: REUTERS/Caren Firouz) </p>

King Mswati III – Swaziland

Age: 49
Came to power: 1986
Known as ‘The Lion, King Mswati III lives a playboy lifestyle packed with 15 wives, private planes, fast cars and royal residences despite the poverty endured by his citizens. (Picture: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

<p>Age: 49<br />Came to power: 1986<br />Known as ‘The Lion, King Mswati III lives a playboy lifestyle packed with 15 wives, private planes, fast cars and royal residences despite the poverty endured by his citizens. (Picture: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri) </p>

Aleksandr Lukashenko – Belarus

Age: 63
Came to power: 1994
Lukashenko has ruled Belarus with an iron fist for 21 years. Known as ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’, he and other officials are the subject of sanctions for human rights violations. (Picture: Getty)

<p>Age: 63<br />Came to power: 1994<br />Lukashenko has ruled Belarus with an iron fist for 21 years. Known as ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’, he and other officials are the subject of sanctions for human rights violations. (Picture: Getty)<sup></sup></p>

Teodoro Obiang Nguema – Equatorial Guinea

Age: 75
Came to power: 1979
The President of Equatorial Guinea has been in power since he ousted his uncle in a military coup. He is accused of corruption and abuse of power and opposition is barely tolerated (Picture: REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri)

<p>Age: 75<br /> Came to power: 1979<br /> The President of Equatorial Guinea has been in power since he ousted his uncle in a military coup. He is accused of corruption and abuse of power and opposition is barely tolerated (Picture: REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri) </p>

Nursultan Nazarbayev – Kazakhstan

Age: 77
Came to power: 1991
Despite work to position Kazakhstan more strongly economically, Nazarbayev has faced accusations of prsoner abuse, corruption and arbitrary arrest of people, especially government opponents. (Picture: AP/Dmitri Lovetsky)

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Paul Barthélemy Biya’a bi Mvondo– Cameroon

Age: 84

Came to power: 1982

A native of Cameroon’s south, Biya rose rapidly as a bureaucrat under President Ahmadou Ahidjo in the 1960s, serving as Secretary-General of the Presidency from 1968 to 1975 and then as Prime Minister of Cameroon from 1975 to 1982. He succeeded Ahidjo as president upon the latter’s surprise resignation in 1982 and consolidated power in a 1983–1984 fake attempted coup where he eliminated all his rivals.

Robert Mugabe

The Zimbabwean leader is reportedly under house arrest after the military seized control of the country. (Picture: AP)

<p>The Zimbabwean leader is reportedly under house arrest after the military seized control of the country. (Picture: AP) </p>

 

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