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World Leaders by Picture

Can you identify these former and current world leaders?
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First submittedJuly 27, 2011
Last updatedApril 16, 2018
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level ∞
Apr 16, 2018
We reset this quiz to use the new format, remove some of the least-guessed answers, and to use better pictures.
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level 55
Apr 16, 2018
I like it! Nice mix of people
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level 55
Oct 3, 2018
Pope is leader?
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level 58
Oct 27, 2018
Leader of Vatican City and leader of the Catholic Church
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level 56
Apr 17, 2018
I knew Suharto. Being Australian helps with that given he was the Indonesian President and they're right on our doorstep.
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level 67
Apr 17, 2018
If you like this try my 'Famous People A to M' quiz (also has NATO CODE......... here it is
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level 76
Apr 17, 2018
Didn't recognize Macron; got the others.
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level 53
Apr 17, 2018
I didn't get Gaddafi because in Italy we spell it as "Gheddafi".
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level 69
Apr 17, 2018
In The Netherlands we say Khadaffi. It annoys me that there are so many ways to spell his name. Even the one in this quiz isn't even spelled right (like how it's spelled in Libya).
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level 66
Apr 17, 2018
The closest spelling to the standard Arabic pronunciation would be Al Qathaafi (where the 'th' are pronounced like in 'the')
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level 76
Apr 18, 2018
^ but that's making an assumption about how those letters in English are pronounced. And that's always a crapshoot. It's also expressing a preference for a certain Arabic pronunciation, which can vary widely from place to place. These are some of the reasons why English transliterations of Arabic and other words change or have multiple different spellings.
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level 69
Apr 17, 2018
I feel Soeharto should probably be accepted. Its archaic, but still not uncommon in English usage. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suharto?wprov=sfla1
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level 38
Mar 28, 2019
"Soeharto" is how I learned to spell it in school as well, but this is an English-language quiz, so any names that can be anglicized will be anglicized!
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level 49
Apr 17, 2018
Macron is the best
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level 62
Apr 17, 2018
Am I the only one who finds Trudeau's smile weird?
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level 35
Apr 18, 2018
Nope but then again its not the only thing about him I find weird.
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level 67
Apr 17, 2018
Theresa May has got to be the worst PM in British history. On behalf of The UK, I apologise to the rest of the world for her and for Boris as well. #NationalEmbarrassment
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level 43
Apr 17, 2018
I'm with you on that one! But the alternative is Corbyn...
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level 67
Apr 17, 2018
Not sure she's the worst, but she sure ain't good. Boris is a moron, no arguments there. Still both are a dam sight better than Corbyn would be. Not many "good" world leaders around at the minute. They seem to range from deluded and dictators, to massively underwhelming and or just plain morons.
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level 60
Apr 17, 2018
Anyone who is able to get himself elected president should on no account be permitted to do the job.
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level 70
Apr 18, 2018
What do you guys have against Corbyn (honest question)?
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level 76
Apr 18, 2018
I'm not very well qualified to speak about British politics, but my image of Corbyn is a guy who has repeatedly sided with terrorists and conspiracy theorists over his own country which he is very critical of- particularly in regards to its foreign policy. He seems like a bit of a Noam Chomsky type with a dash of Russell Brand. Well meaning but out of touch. He's vaguely alluded to a "New World Order." He's neglected to condemn the 9/11 terror attacks in favor of expressing sympathy for the victims of Western foreign policy. He's been supportive of or linked to multiple terrorist organizations, Hamas, Hizbollah, ISIS, Holocaust deniers, and the theocratic government of Iran, among others.
I sympathize with his concerns over civil liberties, xenophobia, et cetera, but I also think like many partisan politicians on certain issues he is deluded.
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level 70
Apr 18, 2018
kal - thanks. I thought it had to do with his left-wing economic stances but what you mentioned seems more polarizing. From his Wikipedia article it's hard to judge whether Corbyn wants to speak against a media bias or has a bias himself.
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level 70
Oct 14, 2018
I think there are a lot of great leaders in the world right now. Only a couple showing on this panel could be considered such.
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level 57
Nov 5, 2018
Often what people have against Corbyn actually is his left-wing economic stances. And it makes sense - certain policies such as renationalisation of the rail and gas networks are probably desirable in an ideal world but in the current state of the economy a complete waste of money. And he wants to borrow loads of money from people, which wouldn't do much for the national debt. What @kalbahamut is referring to makes it sound a bit worse than it really is in my opinion. "Links" to those organisations just means that he talked publicly to people who were either part of them or were possibly part of them. It is possible that he actually sided with the IRA, and is probably too supportive of Palestine to see that he is backing Islamist groups implicitly. On the other hand, that could be a response encouraging movement away from the general opinion of the UK. He has criticised Saudi Arabia and the UK's alliance with it. While they aren't terrorists, they are possibly more totalitarian...
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level 57
Nov 5, 2018
... than some of those other groups that the UK is an enemy of generally. I actually quite like the fact that Corbyn seems less patriotic (and therefore less supportive of the UK) than most other politicians. I don't support Corbyn overall because I think his policies are too idealistic to actually work in the current context, and I think his support relies on populism, although it has increased support for the Labour Party, which in my opinion is probably a good thing when compared to the Conservatives. I also think he probably wants to leave the EU, and I think he was probably capable of making "Remain" win the vote if he had wanted to. So I partially blame him for Brexit (though obviously Cameron deserves far, far more). Generally the reason I don't support him is related to his politics rather than failing to condemn terrorists or other unpleasant groups as much as they deserved.
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level 57
Nov 5, 2018
David Cameron was worse.
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level 77
Apr 17, 2018
i think you should allow the Abd Allah spelling
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level 61
Apr 17, 2018
All terrible leaders...
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level 59
Apr 17, 2018
Nah, two or three are ok.
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level 39
Apr 17, 2018
ahh merkel and macron are ok (if his dog isnt ***ing indoors). obama and francis were/are good and mandela? terrible????
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level 76
Apr 19, 2018
I think everyone on this list has their faults, but, terrible? Many of them were quite effective, charismatic, popular, or progressive in their own way. How do you define non-terrible leadership?
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level 58
Apr 17, 2018
Great new format. Appreciate the fact that in addition to specifying the number of points (1 to 5) there is now a second line outlining the "your point total increased by X" (a propos for those taking the quizz a few months later for a second time). Thank you QM. cheers!
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level ∞
Apr 18, 2018
Thanks. Normally I have to deduce this stuff by a reduction in the number of complaints :) I really appreciate the positive feedback!
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level 44
Apr 18, 2018
What is suharto and does it go well with pasta dishes? plz help
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level 23
Apr 18, 2018
at first i didn't get Bibi because in israel its Natanyahu not netanyahu
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level 67
Jul 16, 2018
Netanyahu, Sharon, Peres - they all come from the same source, and they all look so similar...
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level 38
Oct 12, 2018
Netanyahu looks nothing like Peres! - For one thing, there are at least 20 years separating them (I'm not sure when Peres was born, but Netanyahu was born in 1949); for another, Netanyahu is considerably better looking.
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level 32
Jul 16, 2018
I got 18/20, I missed Modi and King Abdullah! I knew the latter was a Saudi King but could not remember his name
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level 62
Dec 13, 2018
Need more type-ins for Netanyahu. I had to Google it, which I felt like was cheating, but I knew the answer.
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level 57
Jan 7, 2019
It is disgusting to see thieves and outcasts in the same gallery as true leaders! While some of the personalities below may have ruled their people for some time, they have resorted to absurd and unimaginable stratagems to remain in office. Brazil is still in the process of unveiling the multiple dirty, tricky plots engendered by the biggest thief of all times - Lula da Silva - who is in jail, thanks to some brave and bold Brazilian judges -, but yet you have included a smiling leader of the poor! It has been a painful path to free the country from this gangster...Please forget his face, no matter what international organisms might say. They have been deceived by ill-intended members of Lula's party. I am astonished to see how dictators appear together with democratic rulers. You would do the world a favor to leave out Hugo Chavez, Kim Jong-il, Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro ... - but maybe it would be better to hear quizz-takers from the countries where these sick minds were born.
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level 59
Jun 27, 2019
A rather weird rant imo. How is it disgusting that they appear in the same list? They were all leaders, they all excisted..

It is like saying you find it disgusting to see both Hitler and Hitchcock and Hemmingway in the same list of people whose last names starts with an H. They simply do. It has nothing to do with your opinion of the people, so asking them to be removed from the quiz is very odd.

And coming from the point of view that some of these individuals might be "disgusting" wouldnt you think that hiding away the people that did bad things, like it never happened/excisted is a good thing? If anything that would be more "disgusting"

These people excisted, they were leaders, some were good others werent. Ignoring the truth and hiding away the bad things that happened in the past is never a good thing.

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level 58
Apr 26, 2019
I've seen the Libyan fellow's last name spelled so many different ways I didn't stand a chance with it. You should give us all a break and credit us for getting it close phonetically...
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level 59
Jun 27, 2019
@quizmaster might I suggest to show the countries they were leaders of in the answer column? So the people that got a few wrong could learn from it :) (there are 8 answers below 50% and an average score of 11 I would say there is room for improvement and people to learn :) )
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level 59
Jun 27, 2019
Personally, there were 2 I didnt know for sure, and 2 more that vaguely sound familiar, but not entirely sure I I know them (or that it just started to seem familiar are reading it..)
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level 37
Aug 31, 2019
As surnames work for everyone else, I'd suggest allowing Al Saud for King Abdullah. Given the very country is named after the royal family this should be as valid an answer as Abdullah.
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level 55
Aug 31, 2019
Probably spent at least ten hours of my life trying to spell Gaddafi and the Ayatollah's last name, but at least those 600 minutes weren't wasted playing Fortnite.