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World Leaders Quiz #2

For each position listed and time period, name the world leader.
  • * President of the Palestinian National Authority (disputed)
  • In many East Asian countries, the family names comes first
  • Quiz by kalbahamut - Nov 05, 2016
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Position
Years
Answer
Bishop of Rome
(Pope)
2013-
2005-2013
1978-2005
Leader of Islamic State
2014-
Egyptian President
2014-
2012-2013
1981-2011
Turkish President
2014-
Saudi King
2015-
2005-2015
1982-2005
Thai P.M.
2011-2014
Brazilian President
2016-
2011-2016
2003-2010
Pakistani P.M.
2013-
Pakistani President
2001-2008
Position
Years
Answer
Venezuelan
President
2013-
1999-2013
Palestinian*
President
2005-
1994-2004
Filipino President
2016-
2010-2016
1965-1986
Iraqi P.M.
2006-2014
Iraqi Dictator
1979-2003
Ukrainian President
2014-
2010-2014
South Korean
President
2013-
2008-2013
Nicaraguan
President
1979-90,
2007-
Libyan Dictator
1969-2011
Nigerian President
2010-2015
Bolivian President
2006-
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level 71
Aug 19, 2014
Lots of foreign names here. If anyone has any recommendations for type-ins or alternate spellings that could be helpful.
Some leaders I was considering but kicked off include Lenin, Stalin, AbdulAziz ibn Saud, Ataturk, Chairman Ho... though obviously important figures none of them were in office more recently than 1969 and I wanted to jive with the first quiz which was mostly about recent or current leaders.
I also kicked off Jalal Talabani for not being important enough, and Thein Sein of Myanmar for being less famous than the opposition leader in his country, in order to get the quiz down to 35 answers like the first one.
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level 71
Aug 19, 2014
Oh wait, I guess Sein did actually sneak on here. Who did I kick off instead? I forget now...
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level 71
Aug 28, 2014
I've been on kind of a world leaders quiz tear recently. If you guys want to take a few more I've made these:

World Leaders of the World Wars
World Leaders of the 19th Century
World Leaders From History
the last one focuses on leaders from before 1800. I had started making an 18th century version but the number of notable, well-known (to contemporaries) leaders with unique names before 1800 starts to get a little thin.

Enjoy
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level 71
Sep 9, 2014
I forgot this one:

Cold War Leaders
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level 72
Sep 2, 2014
I think I confused Fahd with Saud and wrote "Faud".
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level 60
Sep 19, 2014
Perhaps accept Abu Mazen for Abbas?
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level 71
Nov 30, 2014
If I ever update this to add new leaders or take off old ones I'll add that as a type-in, even though it's just a nickname.
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level 39
May 7, 2015
What about Ghaddafi/Khaddafi?
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level 59
Mar 21, 2016
The Libyan dictator needs lots of alternative spellings, because apparently his name can be transcribed in hundreds of different ways. At least allow a H after the G, and either one or two D's.
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level 72
Aug 19, 2014
Very tough quiz.
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level 39
Aug 21, 2014
Wasn't Yanukovych overthrown in 2013?
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level 71
Sep 11, 2014
Officially his term ended February 22, 2014.
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level 69
Aug 28, 2014
Mubarak, and Hosni Mubarak, both don't work (which may explain his very low score!)
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level 71
Aug 28, 2014
There were some issues with type-ins that needed to be fixed. It should be fine now.
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level 71
Aug 28, 2014
QM: I experimented with some of the reg-ex editing and I think I fixed all the type-in issues by myself and re-submitted the quiz.

I changed Talabani to Al-Abadi... I did not re-add Hu Jintao as I didn't want to risk having it rolled back on those grounds and lose the other fixes. I think he should be added back but I'll leave it up to you if you agree.
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level 71
Aug 28, 2014
I thought more people would get the Nigerian president. He has such a memorable name and he was all over the news recently when Boko Haram kidnapped those school girls. Maybe it was a bigger story on the BBC than on CNN. That's usually what I listen to on the radio.
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level 60
Sep 29, 2017
I only remembered 'Goodluck' and I thought that was his surname. So close.
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level 67
Sep 19, 2014
Great quiz
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level 68
Sep 19, 2014
can you accept only yingluck? nobody refers to her by anything other than
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level 71
Sep 19, 2014
Nobody? I spend a lot of time in Thailand and listen to a lot of news programs there and abroad and I hear Yingluck Shinawatra all the time.
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level 71
Sep 19, 2014
Plus if you knew arguably more famous Thaskin Shinawatra you can get the answer, too.
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level 74
Jun 7, 2015
It's Thaksin not Thaskin - he was also the former owner of my 'soccer' team Manchester City.
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level 71
Jun 7, 2015
well, whatever. You still only need to type in "Shinawatra" to get the answer right.
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level 26
Feb 14, 2015
should update the Saudi King
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level 71
Feb 14, 2015
I discussed it with QuizMaster and decided to leave it as is until there's at least one other significant change. Currently there are no other changes from this list aside from some shuffling of military dictators in Thailand that nobody has heard of nor could reasonably be expected to spell.
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level 47
Apr 9, 2015
How is not Spain in any of both lists?
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level 71
Apr 9, 2015
Probably because nobody cares about Spain anymore. They peaked earlier than many of the once-great European powers and have had longer to fall. Spanish leaders do show up on my World Leaders of the World Wars and World Leaders of the 19th Century quizzes. Those were probably the last points in history when Spain had a leader that very many people today could name.
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level 50
Nov 6, 2015
Nigerian president is outdated (Muhammadu Buhari won the election earlier this year).
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level 58
Nov 8, 2015
What are the type-ins for Kim Jong II? Nothing seems to be working. :)
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level 71
Nov 9, 2015
You just need to type in "Jong Il"... if I ever update this I'm probably going to take him off. But... QM already messed it up by stealing China for World Leaders 1
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level 58
Nov 17, 2015
What are those symbols after Jong? I thought " II" would be accepted.
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level 71
Nov 18, 2015
They're blank spaces.
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level 58
Nov 20, 2015
stupid me it's Jong Il!
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level 66
Dec 27, 2015
Didn't really like this one. Too many obscure names that most people would never know. And why would they? 11 as an average is about right. Maybe a few more.
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level 71
Dec 27, 2015
Every single one of these names, except maybe 3, have been in the news prominently; most very recently. If you follow current events at all you should know them all. Of the 3 that have not featured prominently in international headlines, 2 of them are Korean names, and since there are 3 surnames in Korea that account for 60% of the population (Kim, Park/Pak, Lee), they're both easy to guess.
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level 56
Feb 17, 2016
Well, I got 12 but totally drew a blank on some I knew such as Erdogan, Arafat, Musharraf, al-Maliki Also managed to misspell Jonathan. Spelled it with an -on on the end.
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level 71
Feb 17, 2016
A Johnathon is what you get when CBC plays a reading of the fourth gospel on repeat all weekend long.
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level 25
Mar 3, 2016
Please accept pope Franz for Francis. It is difficult to translate certain name to English (i used translator during the running time, lol :D)
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level 35
Mar 12, 2016
For every single quiz I do, I just type "Johnny" to see if I get any luck.
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level 63
Sep 8, 2016
Great quiz, though I could have done with more time. I recognise pretty much everyone on there, bar the South Korean leaders (sorry South Korea), but I couldn't drag them from the recesses of my mind, and work out how to spell them, in time.
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level 71
Sep 8, 2016
about 60% of Koreans have one of three last names. If you factor that Kim is already taken by North Korea, then you just need to guess the other two. :-) Though Korea's leader has since changed and that's one more thing I need to think about updating on this quiz.
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level 63
Oct 20, 2017
Second time round and I still didn't get the South Korean leaders, though I did try the current leader. A few of these need updated.
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level 78
Nov 5, 2016
For some reason "Temer" will not work - I had to write his full name.
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level 71
Nov 5, 2016
It used to work. Maybe QM regexed the type-ins when he re-approved this and made a mistake with that one. I'll look in to it.
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level 71
Nov 5, 2016
I looked. That's not what happened. So I don't know. But it should be fixed now, pending re-approval.
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level 63
Nov 5, 2016
Surprised no mention of the Colombian president.
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level 71
Nov 5, 2016
I went through the whole list of world leaders at Wikipedia looking to see if there was anyone else I left off that people would know. Colombia is obviously a much more populous country than Bolivia with a far bigger economy... but while I've seen Evo Morales' name in the news often I don't recall ever hearing about the Colombian president. Part of the equation was how much these people show up in newspapers in North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East- so I admit it has a little to do with my own biases. Didn't mean to slight anyone.
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level 63
Nov 5, 2016
I thought the whole "peace agreement with the FARC" would be a major news to the world. I'm guessing it's just to the Americas.
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level 71
Nov 5, 2016
Probably huge news in South America. I didn't see much coverage of it over here.
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level 63
Nov 5, 2016
Huh, weird. I wonder what news got Morales in. I guess I could remove him or just add Santos whenever I make the Spanish version of this quiz.
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level 71
Nov 6, 2016
Well, a lot of things. He's been a very controversial international figure. Making friends with such great champions of human rights as Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Qaddafi; granted awards by some of them. His hard left government has come out against the war on drugs and in favor of cocaine production. His government has been described as the most anti-American in Bolivian history. He has called for and fought for land reform and other socialist/populist issues in Bolivia, and been a strong advocate internationally for anti-American policies, organizations, alliances etc, mostly in Latin America. He's traveled to the US, Africa, and other places making lots of public appearances, frequently saying controversial things, sometimes praised and sometimes criticized for his politics.
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level 68
Dec 1, 2016
Very interesting quiz!
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level 66
Dec 2, 2016
please accept hussain for hussein
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level 66
Dec 2, 2016
i think heydar al-ibadi from iraq worths to be included.
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level 71
Dec 2, 2016
Al-Abadi used to be on here. I removed him because he was guessed so infrequently. Even less than Maliki.
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level 71
Dec 2, 2016
I think Talebani used to be on here, too.
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level 79
Dec 23, 2016
Has the South Korean president been replaced yet?
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level 71
Dec 24, 2016
Not yet. The Supreme Court has to rule on the impeachment and if she is removed from office then there will need to be a new election held.
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level 60
Aug 19, 2017
Sharif is no longer Prime Minister of Pakistan.
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level 71
Aug 19, 2017
This quiz is from November 2016. That's not the only thing that's out-of-date about it.
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