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World Leaders Quiz #1

For each country and time period, name the leader.
This is not intended to be a comprehensive list
Last updated: November 15, 2018
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Position
Years
Leader
U.S. President
2017-
Donald Trump
2009-2017
Barack Obama
2001-2009
George W. Bush
Mexican President
2018-
Andrés Manuel
López Obrador
2000-2006
Vicente Fox
Canadian P.M.
2015-
Justin Trudeau
2006-2015
Stephen Harper
British P.M.
2016-
Theresa May
2010-2016
David Cameron
1997-2007
Tony Blair
South African
President
2009-2018
Jacob Zuma
1994-1999
Nelson Mandela
Australian P.M.
2018-
Scott Morrison
2010-2013
Julia Gillard
Italian P.M.
2018-
Giuseppe Conte
2001-2006
2008-2011
Silvio Berlusconi
German Chancellor
2005-
Angela Merkel
1998-2005
Gerhard Schröder
Position
Years
Leader
North Korean Dictator
2011-
Kim Jong-un
Israeli P.M.
2009-
Benjamin Netanyahu
French President
2017-
Emmanuel Macron
2007-2012
Nicolas Sarkozy
1995-2007
Jacques Chirac
Afghan President
2004-2014
Hamid Karzai
Cuban Dictator
2008-
Raúl Castro
Japanese P.M.
2012-
Shinzō Abe
Zimbabwean Dictator
1987-2017
Robert Mugabe
Irani Supreme Leader
1989-
Ali Khamenei
Irani President
2013-
Hassan Rouhani
Russian Leader
(de-facto)
2000-
Vladimir Putin
Russian President
1991-1999
Boris Yeltsin
Syrian Dictator
2000-
Bashar al-Assad
Indian P.M.
2014-
Narendra Modi
2004-2014
Manmohan Singh
Chinese Leader
2012-
Xi Jinping
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level 74
Jul 16, 2013
good quiz. Got all the ones that matter, plus a few that don't on account of them being in the news for one reason or another.
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level 77
Jul 16, 2013
All the ones that matter? And which ones are those exactly. I'm sure if you are from that country or in the vicinity of that country it matters very much.
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level 74
Jul 17, 2013
meh.. sometimes local leaders matter more than other times, even to their constituents. But just assuming that what you said is true, isn't it also true by implication of your own statement that some of these leaders do not matter beyond the vicinity of their own country? So... since nobody taking this quiz can be in all places at the same time... we are in agreement.
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level 65
Aug 5, 2014
I agree with Jezilly. You should at least have said all the ones that matter TO YOU, otherwise, you come off as incredibly condescending towards most of the world.
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level 55
Aug 5, 2014
America's the only country that matters! You should know that, Commie.
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level 68
Jul 19, 2015
Apparently not as we Americans hardly knew any of our neighbors' leaders, and neither did any other jet punkers. Mexico and Canada had three each in the quiz and 4 out of the six were 15% or less. The other two were not much better.
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level 80
Aug 4, 2015
Canada has its own leaders? Hmm, I thought they just do whatever the UK and USA tell them to do and then play some hockey and eat poutine.
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level 69
Nov 18, 2018
Things are different here in 2018. Every non-exclusively-gay woman and non-exclusively-straight man in the world who has ever seen a picture of Justin Trudeau – even once – knows exactly who Justin Trudeau is. Trust me on this one. I'm stifling a swoon right now, and I'm kinda gay! (And oh my GAWD – his wife is gorgeous too!)
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level 44
Aug 7, 2014
It came across as a rather self-congratulatory justification of your own ignorance. Only a fool would assert that what he does not know doesn't need to be known.
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level 74
Aug 28, 2014
How is it self-congratulatory? I wasn't proud.

"Only a fool would assert that what he does not know doesn't need to be known."
Really? I guess I'm a fool, then, as I've told people over and over again that I don't need to know the name of the best boy grip who worked on the film Over the Top. I feel stupid now.
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level 53
Jul 20, 2015
Best Sly Stallone joke since Rocky V....
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level 49
Jul 20, 2015
Bruce D. Spellman?
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level 54
Aug 10, 2014
yup sounds very ignorant to claim which leaders actually matter. Also the use of dictator in the quiz can be controversial.
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level 74
Aug 30, 2014
I guess everyone who has ever authored a history book, edited a news segment, or neglected to study up on the politics of Burundi and the Solomon Islands are all ignorant then.
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level 74
Nov 4, 2016
Are you bragging about being ignorant of my intentions but pretending not to be? So you're reflecting on how you are unaware of how much you look like an ass?
Because I wasn't bragging, and I already stated this above.
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level 57
Jan 11, 2017
Then, according to you, what world leaders "actually matter"?
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level 74
May 18, 2018
Probably the ones who have some salient impact on world events.
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level 44
Jul 16, 2013
Well, this quiz just taught me that Khomeini and Khamenei are two different people. I never realized that. I tried Khomeini and was so confused why it wouldn't work haha. I thought it was a Gaddafi/Qaddafi thing.
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level 74
Jul 17, 2013
Khomeini has been dead for quite a while, but, probably not an uncommon mistake...
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level 42
Aug 11, 2013
couldn't spell khamenei...
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level 75
Jun 26, 2014
Nor could I spell it. I think I was just missing the last "e". Can you accept "Khameni"?
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level 43
Aug 23, 2013
It was a good quiz. Got 21 out of 35
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level 31
Feb 13, 2014
Could you update it for Tony Abbott?
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level 71
Aug 5, 2014
Must we? Can't we just pretend he never happened?
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level 40
Aug 6, 2014
I second this. One must only watch this video...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3IaKVmkXuk
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level 45
Aug 10, 2014
Would be good to get a third entry for Australia also given the time periods covered: 2007-2010, 2013 = Kevin Rudd
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level 48
Jun 12, 2014
Ahh, must of spelt Khamenei wrong. Thought I'd put it in and when it didn't come up I wasted the last minute trying to work out how to spell Ahmadinijad!
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level 48
Jun 12, 2014
Is it a sign of the popularity of the Bunga-Bunga parties that 61% got Berlusconi but only 6% know who the current Italian P.M. is?
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level 52
Jun 12, 2014
Current italian P.M. is not Enrico Letta, but Matteo Renzi :-)
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level 31
Jul 19, 2014
you should only write P.M. and remove the word DICTATOR cz in ur opinion someone is dictator while for many others its not, just saying :)
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level 70
Jul 25, 2014
Maybe time to update for 2014? Leaders come and go...
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level 65
Aug 5, 2014
Tony Abbott has been Prime Minister since 2013.
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level 45
Nov 14, 2018
Let's deny it.
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level 60
Aug 5, 2014
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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level 74
Aug 5, 2014
I'm surprised only 15% got Khamenei but maybe they got stuck trying to spell Ahmadinejad.
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level 46
Aug 5, 2014
that's what I wasted half the assigned time on...
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level 68
Aug 5, 2014
why don''t you make a world leaders 2 quiz?
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level 74
Aug 19, 2014
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level 65
Aug 5, 2014
Vatican. Lol. I do agree on the others, but come on... The Vatican? Seriously?
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level 49
Aug 5, 2014
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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level 74
Jan 11, 2017
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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level 80
Feb 3, 2017
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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level 49
Aug 5, 2014
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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level 56
Jan 17, 2017
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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level 71
Aug 5, 2014
Ayatollah Khameni should be acceptable I think.
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level ∞
Aug 5, 2014
That will work now. In the future, you can save time by only using last names.
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level 71
Aug 6, 2014
Ayatollah is the first thing that comes to mind for me
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level 56
Jan 17, 2017
Ayatollah just means leader.
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level 46
Aug 5, 2014
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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level 67
Aug 5, 2014
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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level ∞
Aug 5, 2014
Sure it's a dictatorship. The Supreme Leader isn't elected.
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level ∞
Nov 11, 2016
For the last update I changed "dictator" to "Supreme Leader". Not that is changes things for Iranians...
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level 72
Aug 5, 2014
What about Uzbeki-beki-beki-stan?
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level 49
Aug 5, 2014
I would have to say "I don't know!".
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level 57
Jul 19, 2015
In our hearts, Herman Cain will always be the most supreme leader.
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level 50
Aug 5, 2014
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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level 40
Aug 6, 2014
*Kevin Rudd.
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level 74
Aug 6, 2014
I might vote for Paul Rudd. Then we could all go eat at Fuddrucker's.
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level ∞
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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level 21
Aug 6, 2014
People from Iran are not Irani, they are Iranian.
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level 74
Aug 7, 2014
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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level 44
Aug 7, 2014
So where is Mexicano or Francais or Italiano?
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level 74
Aug 28, 2014
Fransi for people from Francia, Itali for people from Italia (in Arabic). I'm not sure about Mexico.
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level 74
Jul 19, 2015
And are we Americani?
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level 74
Jul 20, 2015
Ameriki
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level 70
May 2, 2017
What about Eskimos and Scousers?
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level 35
Aug 9, 2014
Kevin Rudd was briefly the P.M of Australia between Julia Gillard and Tony Abott
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level 77
Nov 15, 2014
Time to change Afghan presidents!
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level 27
Jan 9, 2015
Should accept "Khomeini" also.
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level 74
Nov 4, 2016
different guy
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level 59
Apr 6, 2015
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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level 69
Jun 18, 2015
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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level 17
Jul 19, 2015
I quite agree with you.
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level 57
Jul 19, 2015
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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level 74
Nov 4, 2016
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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level 64
Jul 19, 2015
Why are three canadians? They are hardly significant
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level 64
Jul 19, 2015
*Why are there
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level 68
Jul 19, 2015
Careful what you say, eh? Party on Garth!
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level 74
Jul 19, 2015
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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level ∞
Jul 19, 2015
Confession: I forgot about World Leaders #2.
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level 74
Nov 21, 2016
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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level 57
Jul 19, 2015
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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level 74
Jul 19, 2015
I only scored 10. What's the category below woefully ignorant?
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level 68
Jul 19, 2015
"Woefully ignorant and doesn't know it", so you're fine!
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level 70
May 2, 2017
"Knows it all"?? :-)
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level 58
Jul 20, 2015
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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level 50
Aug 2, 2015
Accept "Mogabe"?
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level 69
Nov 12, 2015
Wow. I suck at world leaders.
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level 70
May 2, 2017
That's okay. So do they.
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level 58
Nov 17, 2015
Needs updating. Justin Trudeau is the new Prime Minister of Canada as of November 4, 2015.
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level 13
Apr 27, 2016
Unfortunately :( . I miss Stephen Harper. Trudeau is a moron.
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level 69
Oct 24, 2016
Fortunately, you're not in the majority, and come on, this isn't a political discussion board.
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level 29
Feb 12, 2017
Trudeau is actually just incapable of running a country. *Cough* part time drama teacher *cough*
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level 70
Aug 2, 2016
Canada, UK, Australia and Afghanistan are all out of date now.
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level 70
Aug 2, 2016
My mistake, for Karzai a year is given for the end of his time in office.
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level 21
Sep 8, 2016
I think it is time to update the quiz. It's been over a year now.
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level 42
Sep 20, 2016
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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level 74
Nov 4, 2016
Medvedev is a puppet.
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level 74
Nov 4, 2016
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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level 74
Nov 4, 2016
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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level 71
Nov 11, 2016
Turnbull & Trudeau are prime ministers, not presidents.
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level 74
Nov 21, 2016
my mistake
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level 55
Nov 20, 2016
My brain froze on a few but 27/36 isn't that shabby.
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level 58
Dec 12, 2016
Italian PM Matteo Renzi resigned. The new PM, Paolo Gentiloni, has just been appointed.
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level 57
Jan 11, 2017
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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level 69
Jan 11, 2017
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level 46
Jan 11, 2017
I thought only getting 25 was shameful, but now I just feel like a news junkie!
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level 46
Jan 11, 2017
There is a new P.M. in Italy now.
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level 43
Jan 11, 2017
Italian P.M resigned recently, I believe.
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level 70
Jan 11, 2017
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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level 59
Jan 12, 2017
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level 47
Jan 11, 2017
I didn't do great anyway - but also lost 3 due to spelling
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level 57
Jan 11, 2017
You need to update Renzi's entry
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level ∞
Jan 11, 2017
Updated! Every time you turn around, Italy has a new Prime Minister...
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level 60
Jan 11, 2017
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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level ∞
Jan 11, 2017
Fixed
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level 45
Jan 11, 2017
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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level 24
Jan 12, 2017
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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level 65
Jan 12, 2017
The presidencial turn for Felipe Calderón in Mexico is missing. it is between Fox and Peña Nieto.
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level 50
Jan 24, 2017
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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level 59
Jan 12, 2017
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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level 65
Jan 28, 2017
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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level 57
Jul 8, 2017
Maybe add Emmanuel Macron?
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level 39
Nov 3, 2017
Julia Gillard is the sexiest PM
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level 35
Mar 23, 2018
And also one of the worst in Aussie history.
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level 21
Dec 21, 2017
Robert Mugabe has been booted out/resigned earlier this year; the date should be updated to reflect that.
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level ∞
Dec 21, 2017
Fixed
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level 70
Mar 21, 2018
Zuma's gone.
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level 39
May 18, 2018
Pretty sure 'dictator' isn't an actual title anyone actually has. It's a bit needlessly judgemental, however dubious by US standards their appointment may seem.
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level 74
May 18, 2018
I'll try to find time to update the sequel that I made sometime today or tomorrow.
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level 44
Jun 3, 2018
Jinping should be accepted for Xi Jinping
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level ∞
Nov 15, 2018
Not his family name.
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level 59
Nov 19, 2018
Is 11 accepted?
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level 42
Sep 2, 2018
Turnbull is out - Morrison is in
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level 57
Oct 12, 2018
Turnbull is no longer PM in Australia and has been replaced by Scott Morrison. Pena Nieto is on the way out in Mexico too, soon to be replaced by Andres Obrador.
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level 70
Nov 16, 2018
Raúl Castro was replaced as Cuba's president by Miguel Díaz-Canel in April 2018.
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level ∞
Nov 16, 2018
Surprised I didn't hear about this, but it turns out it doesn't matter. Castro is still the First Secretary of the Communist Party, which is where the power lies. Cuba is not a democracy.
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level 61
Nov 16, 2018
And Xi is General Secretary of the Communist Party of China but for enigmatic reasons both do not share the same label here. Also Putin and Yeltsin share the very same office but different labels. Furthermore, despite the quizmasters faible for unnecessary use of the label "leader", the only official "leader" on this list, Kim Jong-Un, is labelled differently. Not that consistent, right?
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level 71
Nov 16, 2018
Wasn't Gordon Brown prime minister for 3 years before Cameron? I'm American, but I watch a lot of Mock the Week.
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level 67
Nov 16, 2018
Great quiz but you really need to lighten up on the spelling. A lot of those names are blinking tricky to spell, especially with the time being quite tight. I spent more time trying to correctly spell answers I knew than I did thinking of the answers that I didn't get straight off.
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level 59
Nov 19, 2018
Hmm...I was guessing Italy would be least known.