More of the World's Worst Dictators

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March 22, 2009
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More of the World's Worst Dictators

Hosni Mubarak

20. Hosni Mubarak

Egypt

Age:  80
In power since:
1981
Last year's rank:  17 

The use of torture in Egypt has been widely documented. In response to international pressure, Mubarak allowed local elections in 2008, but in 80% of the contests, his party’s candidates ran unopposed. He made it so difficult to register or campaign that turnout was estimated at only 3%. The U.S. gives Egypt $1.3 billion in military aid each year. In 2008, U.S. trade with Egypt hit $8.4 billion.
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