Zenawi #16 on World’s Worst Dictators Chart – By David Wallechinsky (parade.com)

March 23rd, 2009 Print Print Email Email

16. Meles Zenawi

Ethiopia

Age: 53
In power since: 1995
Last year’s rank: 15 (more…)

16. Meles Zenawi

Ethiopia

Age: 53
In power since: 1995
Last year’s rank: 15

A former guerrilla leader, Meles shows no signs of sharing power with anyone. In January, his government passed a law forbidding any NGO that receives more than 10% of its budget from abroad from doing human rights work in Ethiopia. Despite Meles’ excesses, the U.S. considers him an important regional ally and continues to train his military.

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