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World Leaders Quiz

For each country and time period, name the leader.
  • This is not intended to be a comprehensive list
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Jan 11, 2017
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Position
Years
Leader
U.S. President
2017-
2009-2017
2001-2009
Mexican President
2012-
2000-2006
Canadian P.M.
2015-
2006-2015
2003-2006
North Korean Dictator
2011-
British P.M.
2016-
2010-2016
1997-2007
South African
President
2009-
Australian P.M.
2015-
2010-2013
Italian P.M.
2014-2016
2001-2006
2008-2011
German Chancellor
2005-
1998-2005
Position
Years
Leader
Israeli P.M.
2009-
2001-2006
French President
2012-
2007-2012
1995-2007
Afghan President
2004-2014
Cuban Dictator
2008-
Japanese P.M.
2012-
Zimbabwean Dictator
1987-
Irani Supreme Leader
1989-
Irani President
2013-
Russian Leader
(de-facto)
2000-
Russian President
1991-1999
Syrian Dictator
2000-
Indian P.M.
2014-
2004-2014
Chinese Leader
2012-
Answer Stats
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Leader
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(15)
Quizmaster - is there a reason why China's Xi Jinping and Japan's Shinzo Abe - aren't on this list of 'World Leaders?' After all, they are the leaders of the world's 2nd and 3rd biggest economies!! And perhaps a tad more important than Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega?? Even the Egyptian leader is an important figure in world politics.
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Aug 5, 2014
(69)
I agree with this. Nicaragua's one of the ones I missed. Australia could probably stand to go, too. If they're keeping China or Japan off the list.
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Aug 5, 2014
(71)
Hey! The least you can do is know the names of the spineless sycophants who followed you so willingly into Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq... That's gratitude for you!
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Aug 5, 2014
(69)
I didn't know anything about Australia's involvement in Vietnam before... but after your comment I read something about it. Thanks for broadening my horizons. ;-)
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Aug 5, 2014
(44)
Cheers Wombat!
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Aug 5, 2014
I think that's a good idea. I replaced Nicaragua with Japan. Japan's PM slot has been a revolving door, but Abe has managed to stay in office for a whole two years so I guess he merits a place. Plus, his Abenomics have seemed to give the Japanese economy a spark. For China, I'm not sure how well I understand the Chinese political system to know who's really pulling the strings.
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Aug 5, 2014
I added China to the latest version.
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Jul 14, 2015
(69)
China has a "Paramount Leader" going all the way back to Mao. Abe is still in power in Japan today. Two deserving additions.
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Nov 4, 2016
(57)
Why is the Nicaraguan president here? There are more important leaders out there: For example: Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, the 2 people at the leading positions of China. And the leaders of Japan (Shinzo Abe) and Brazil (Dilma Rousseff) and Vatican (Franciscus). Khomeini and Khameini are different people? I would have never guessed that. They both have been leaders of Iran, both wear a certain kind of white beard and black hat, and their names are practically the same.
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Aug 5, 2014
(69)
I'm surprised only 15% got Khamenei but maybe they got stuck trying to spell Ahmadinejad.
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Aug 5, 2014
(48)
that's what I wasted half the assigned time on...
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Aug 5, 2014
(67)
why don''t you make a world leaders 2 quiz?
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Aug 5, 2014
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Aug 19, 2014
(66)
Vatican. Lol. I do agree on the others, but come on... The Vatican? Seriously?
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Aug 5, 2014
(44)
the Pope is a significant world leader. Just because the "country" of Vatican City is tiny doesn't make his position in the world miniscule. There's over a billion Catholics in the world, and 40% of them live in South America (a continent with no representation on this list).
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Aug 5, 2014
(69)
goalslammer has a point. I put the Vatican on the sequel to this quiz. I also included Palestine and the Islamic State. Agree with their politics or not, real or significant countries or not, they are still led by world leaders that people know and who play a large role in world affairs.
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Jan 11, 2017
(74)
I agree with the Vatican but disagree with including the IS. At least at this point there is no real diplomatic relations, no reason to consider them a country beyond military control. Is there even a country that recognizes them as a state yet?
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Feb 3, 2017
(44)
I echo the call for China. I don't feel that it needs to bump someone else off the list, but they are a major factor in the world and should be included.
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Aug 5, 2014
(51)
One is Khomeini, the other is Khamenei. They have three vowel sounds that are different. Would you mix up Malibu and Miloobah?
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Jan 17, 2017
(67)
Ayatollah Khameni should be acceptable I think.
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Aug 5, 2014
That will work now. In the future, you can save time by only using last names.
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Aug 5, 2014
(67)
Ayatollah is the first thing that comes to mind for me
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Aug 6, 2014
(51)
Ayatollah just means leader.
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Jan 17, 2017
(48)
It sometimes annoys me that names are spelled differently in different languages. It makes sense though, Yeltsin is a phonetical transcript of the cyrillic, so that's why the Dutch say Jeltsin. Despite all the people discussing who should or should not be on this list, I find it interesting to see which leaders come across as important through the influence of media in a country. We never hear about Nicaragua or Mexico, but it makes sense that these countries play a bigger role in US media.
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Aug 5, 2014
(65)
Iran isn't really a dictatorship. Khamenei seems clearly the biggest political player in Iran, but to imply that he doesn't have to consult other clerics or sometimes even President Rouhani when making policy decisions would be misleading.
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Aug 5, 2014
Sure it's a dictatorship. The Supreme Leader isn't elected.
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Aug 5, 2014
For the last update I changed "dictator" to "Supreme Leader". Not that is changes things for Iranians...
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Nov 11, 2016
(69)
What about Uzbeki-beki-beki-stan?
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Aug 5, 2014
(44)
I would have to say "I don't know!".
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Aug 5, 2014
(53)
In our hearts, Herman Cain will always be the most supreme leader.
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Jul 19, 2015
(51)
l agree with the other comments that instead of dictator you should put their oficial title. These leaders might be considered dictators, but that is not the title they rule by. Also in Australia, Paul Rudd served as PM in 2013 between Gillard and Abbott.
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Aug 5, 2014
(39)
*Kevin Rudd.
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Aug 6, 2014
(69)
I might vote for Paul Rudd. Then we could all go eat at Fuddrucker's.
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Aug 6, 2014
I know about Kevin Rudd. This isn't meant to be a chronology. We skipped leaders in other countries as well.
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Aug 6, 2014
(63)
Isn't Ahmadinejad really the Iranian dictator?
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Aug 6, 2014
(69)
No not at all. He's not even president, anymore. But Khameni is still there.
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Nov 4, 2016
(21)
People from Iran are not Irani, they are Iranian.
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Aug 6, 2014
(69)
Not in Iran, they're not. Or in Arabic-speaking countries. Saudi. Irani. Amriki. Suri. Rusi. Filipini. Hindi. Israeli. Jordani. Omani. Yemeni. Qatari. Emirati. Alemani. Turki. Brittani. etc.
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Aug 7, 2014
(44)
So where is Mexicano or Francais or Italiano?
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Aug 7, 2014
(69)
Fransi for people from Francia, Itali for people from Italia (in Arabic). I'm not sure about Mexico.
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Aug 28, 2014
(70)
And are we Americani?
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Jul 19, 2015
(69)
Ameriki
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Jul 20, 2015
(32)
Kevin Rudd was briefly the P.M of Australia between Julia Gillard and Tony Abott
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Aug 9, 2014
(72)
Time to change Afghan presidents!
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Nov 15, 2014
(28)
Should accept "Khomeini" also.
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Jan 9, 2015
(69)
different guy
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Nov 4, 2016
(53)
Mugabe's years are counted from when he first came to power, which was in 1980. The change in 1987 was that instead of the power resting in the Prime Minister, with the President as a ceremonial role, the power now rested in the office of the executive president, and Mugabe took that role. If you could change that, I would appreciate that.
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Apr 6, 2015
(61)
what is the source of this quiz? you have named every one who denies to kiss US ass as a dictator?! khamenei and assad for example are elected by the legal procedure defined in their constitutions. but why you don't speak about salman of saudi arabia or kings from uae, qatar, bahrain, oman, brunei, lesotho, and others who are not elected and are obviously unpopular? what's the difference?! besides rulers like gaddafi, sisi, butafliqe and others are powered by coup or elected by a showy election. the last and not the least! you have spoken about rulers of the world and not mentioned unofficial rulers. i mean un, monetary fund, nato and things like that.
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Jun 18, 2015
(16)
I quite agree with you.
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Jul 19, 2015
(53)
I mean, I think Mugabe, Castro, and Kim Jong-Un are clearly dictators in the traditional sense. I don't know much about Khameini. I always understood Ahmadinejad and Rouhani to be the leaders of Iran (although a little Googling shows I was very, very wrong). You have a good point with Assad. For what it's worth, Putin is probably U.S. enemy #1 in terms of actual heads of state, and he isn't listed as a dictator. Regarding the UN, IMF, etc...the quiz picked the parameters it picked. It's not going to include every leader. It seems to me the QM just picked the countries that generally make the most waves on the world stage. You could probably add South Korea, Brazil, and a few others, but asking people for the leaders of Comoros and Suriname seems silly. Most people just don't know who they are. You have to draw a line somewhere, and it seems every country included is notable enough that the leaders can be common knowledge.
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Jul 19, 2015
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Any leader with total autocratic authority over a country is a dictator. It has little to do with kissing American ass. There are dictators who cooperate with the free world and there are dictators who are belligerent and go their own way. Additionally, being a dictator does not preclude having other equally valid titles, such as king.
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Nov 4, 2016
(46)
Why are three canadians? They are hardly significant
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Jul 19, 2015
(46)
*Why are there
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Jul 19, 2015
(64)
Careful what you say, eh? Party on Garth!
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Jul 19, 2015
(69)
You put Jinping on here? I'd ask who you took off, but looks like you just increased the number of answers from 35 to 36 so why'd you do that? Now World Leaders #2 is redundant.
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Jul 19, 2015
Confession: I forgot about World Leaders #2.
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Jul 19, 2015
(69)
No worries. China really ought to be on the first one. There are enough world leaders still to fill out two quizzes.
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Nov 21, 2016
(54)
Speak for yourself on the ignorance label. I got 26 of 36 without looking anything up. Not perfect, but hardly ignorant.
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Jul 19, 2015
(70)
I only scored 10. What's the category below woefully ignorant?
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Jul 19, 2015
(64)
"Woefully ignorant and doesn't know it", so you're fine!
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Jul 19, 2015
(56)
Just today I've read about mexican president and his wife, but I still couldn't come up with his name :(
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Jul 20, 2015
(49)
Accept "Mogabe"?
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Aug 2, 2015
(67)
Wow. I suck at world leaders.
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Nov 12, 2015
(59)
Needs updating. Justin Trudeau is the new Prime Minister of Canada as of November 4, 2015.
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Nov 17, 2015
(13)
Unfortunately :( . I miss Stephen Harper. Trudeau is a moron.
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Apr 27, 2016
(65)
Fortunately, you're not in the majority, and come on, this isn't a political discussion board.
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Oct 24, 2016
(29)
Trudeau is actually just incapable of running a country. *Cough* part time drama teacher *cough*
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Feb 12, 2017
(67)
Canada, UK, Australia and Afghanistan are all out of date now.
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Aug 2, 2016
(67)
My mistake, for Karzai a year is given for the end of his time in office.
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Aug 2, 2016
(21)
I think it is time to update the quiz. It's been over a year now.
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Sep 8, 2016
(35)
Justin Trudeau is now PM of Canada (as of 2015), Malcom Turnbull is now PM of Australia (as of 2015) and Dmitry Medvedev is the PM of Russia (as of 2012)
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Sep 20, 2016
(69)
Medvedev is a puppet.
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Nov 4, 2016
(69)
If you're going to update this for the US presidential election... some other updates you might consider:
Malcolm Turnbull is president of Australia
Ashraf Ghani is president of Afghanistan
Justin Trudeau is president of Canada
Joko Widodo is president of Indonesia, and though his country isn't on this quiz, his name is still a lot of fun to say.
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Nov 4, 2016
(69)
Also I updated the sequel I did, pending your review. I took off China since you put it on this quiz. Deleted a couple of the least-guessed answers. Deleted Kim Jong Il since Jong Un is on this quiz. And added a few others.
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Nov 4, 2016
(68)
Turnbull & Trudeau are prime ministers, not presidents.
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Nov 11, 2016
(69)
my mistake
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Nov 21, 2016
(68)
The gap between Blair and Cameron XD. I wonder whether anyone would have got Gordon Brown if he'd been on the quiz?...
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Nov 12, 2016
(69)
I would have.
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Dec 28, 2016
(70)
Not remembering the dates I tried him at first instead of Blair.
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Jan 11, 2017
(56)
My brain froze on a few but 27/36 isn't that shabby.
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Nov 20, 2016
(48)
Italian PM Matteo Renzi resigned. The new PM, Paolo Gentiloni, has just been appointed.
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Dec 12, 2016
(53)
Trump has been updated and hasn't even taken office yet. Gentolini has been in office for a month now and it still hasn't been changed.
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Jan 11, 2017
(66)
+1
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Jan 11, 2017
(46)
I thought only getting 25 was shameful, but now I just feel like a news junkie!
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Jan 11, 2017
(43)
There is a new P.M. in Italy now.
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Jan 11, 2017
(33)
Italian P.M resigned recently, I believe.
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Jan 11, 2017
(69)
I'll gladly lose the point for refusing to recognize any president succeeding Obama. The person taking that office doesn't deserve any respect or acknowledgement.
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Jan 11, 2017
(58)
+1
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Jan 12, 2017
(45)
I didn't do great anyway - but also lost 3 due to spelling
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Jan 11, 2017
(47)
It's time to update! Renzi quit I think...
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Jan 11, 2017
(55)
You need to update Renzi's entry
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Jan 11, 2017
Updated! Every time you turn around, Italy has a new Prime Minister...
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Jan 11, 2017
(57)
Why is Bush's term given as 2001-2009 while Obama's is 2009-2016, instead of 2017? The transitions between Bush, Obama and Trump happened/will happen on the exact same date, 20th January. What I'm saying is the quiz should be consistent.
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Jan 11, 2017
Fixed
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Jan 11, 2017
(29)
Can't you allow very true rude names in place of Trump?
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Jan 11, 2017
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I think it would make much more sense to include Jean Chrétien (1993-2003) than Paul Martin for a third PM of Canada - Chrétien is a far more significant figure in Canadian political history, not least for winning all but one seat in Ontario, a nigh-impossible feat, in the 1993 federal election.
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Jan 11, 2017
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Syrian dictator? Really? Yeah, one reason not to do this quiz. Please, if you don't know the definition of a word, don't use it. Its pathetic to apply such title to the leader of a country who doesn't even meet the standards that are required to carry said title.
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Jan 12, 2017
(59)
The presidencial turn for Felipe Calderón in Mexico is missing. it is between Fox and Peña Nieto.
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Jan 12, 2017
(49)
Not every country has all of the leaders within the time period; I know nothing about Mexican politics, but I would assume that Fox was more significant than the missing president. If the quiz had every Australian leader from even the past ten years, it would be Howard, Rudd, Gillard, Rudd, Abbott, Turnbull... or something like that.
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Jan 24, 2017
(58)
Please ditch Cameron's photo, but DO NOT replace with May. Put Obama up, so we can remember the good times before The Evil One. And what's an Irani? And give credit to Medvedev.
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Jan 12, 2017
(63)
Please replace "Russian Leader (de facto)" with the "Russian President" and the appropriate years (similarly to the Italian PM). You may not like him, but he held this office in certain dates and I don't know why do you want to underline his influence during the Medvedev presidency
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Jan 28, 2017
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I think you've confused Julia Gillard with Tony Abbott. There's a two-year break, anyway.
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Feb 20, 2017
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