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April 11th 1979: Idi Amin deposed

On this day in 1979 the Ugandan dictator since 1971, Idi Amin, was deposed after shrinking popularity. A Major General in the post-colonial Ugandan army, Amin had seized power in a military coup in 1971, overthrowing socialist Milton Obote. His regime was characterised by use of military force, human rights abuses and political repression against dissidents, especially violence against ethnic groups (predominantly Acholi and Lango peoples). Between 100,000 and 500,000 were killed by his eight year regime. Amin’s behaviour became more erratic, and he gave himself numerous titles until his full title was "His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular" and claimed to be the uncrowned King of Scotland. By 1978 Amin’s support had dwindled and dissent was on the rise as the economy failed. He invaded Tanzanian territory which caused a war in which his army was defeated and the capital of Kampala captured. Amin was forced to flee into exile by helicopter on April 11th 1979. Idi Amin fled first to Libya then to Saudi Arabia where he died in 2003; he never expressed remorse for the crimes of his regime.

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Robert Mugabe’s supporters demand apology for Nando’s chicken chain’s ‘last dictator’ ads
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s youth militia has seen the South African restaurant chain Nando’s new “last dictator standing” ad, and they are not amused.

The commercial for its six-piece chicken combo depicts Mr. Mugabe reminiscing about his times with departed dictators to the song Those Were the Days.

He is shown having a water-gun fight with Muammar Gaddafi, making sand angels with Saddam Hussein and riding in a tank with Idi Amin, before awakening from his dream to find himself at a dinner table, alone at Christmas, The Associated Press reported.

African Dictators with a Sense of Humor

It seems that being a ruthless dictator DOES have its perks. Idi Amin (the crazy guy from Uganda so exquisitely portrayed by Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland) not only slaughtered the masses but also managed to confer upon himself a bevy of titles, a list so long that it eventually became this absurd monstrosity:

"His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular"

A close second place goes to Zairian dictator Mobutu, who gave himself the title:

Mobutu Sese Seko Nkuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga (“The all-powerful warrior who, because of his endurance and inflexible will to win, goes from conquest to conquest, leaving fire in his wake.”)

The first person to confer upon me a title as amazing as either of theirs gets a prize. No it’s not cookie dough. OK maybe it’s cookie dough.

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Fotke Gadafija iz mladih dana. Kad je, kažu, bio sladak. Nisam nostalgičan, ali Gadafi je u najmanju ruku bio ekstravagantan. Tolika količina samopouzdanja kontam da može da postoji samo kod nekoga ko ima vrhovnu vojnu vlast u celoj jednoj državi.

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Nando’s Chicken ad. (South Africa)