How can you determine that the rich and powerful leader of a country is a dictator? Dictators are political leaders who have absolute control of power in their respective countries. They also exert an extraordinary amount of personal power to make laws without the restraints from the others members of the government. They often stay in political power using unlawful violence and propaganda for a long period of time. In most cases, the citizens are deprived of their rights to live as free as they can. Why does dictatorship happen? Why do people allow brutality and oppression to take over? Dictatorship is often characterized by the suspension of elections, proclamation of state of emergency, repression of political opponents, and ruling by a decree. Dictators are very likely to seize assets by force or by using the government’s fund. Former Tunisian dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali acquired more than one-fifth of the private sector’s profits in Tunisia. They would embezzle the funds to purchase luxurious items such as jewelries, fashionable dresses, cars and mansions, among others. These political leaders usually funnel the resources to their families and cronies for their loyalty and support to the current administration. But of course, in most cases, not all dictators stay in power forever. Through the collective forces and efforts of the entire citizenry, some of these dictators were seized off their power like what happened to Cuba’s Batista, former Indonesian president Suharto, and former Libyan prime minister, Muammar Gaddafi. These people seemed to have interesting lives. If you’re interested to know more about them, check out our list!