Which Ousted Arab Spring Ruler Are You?
You were the underdog candidate elected as Egypt's post-revolution president for being only slightly less terrible than the other guy! Unfortunately, you botched Egypt’s first experience with Islamist rule after one year in office and are currently in jail — but at least it wasn’t a coup, right?
Congratulations, you're immortal! In 2011, Egyptian protestors brought you down. But three years later, thanks to your decades of work undermining democracy and state institutions, you and your sons look like you might escape punishment, and much of your former cabinet is back in power. Nice work!
You’re the trendsetter who started it all! After 24 years as Tunisian president backed by a feared police apparatus, you fled Tunisia in 2011 following weeks of massive protests. You left quite a mess behind — but hey, in comparison, Tunisia is doing better than the others. Way to inadvertently keep hope in the Arab Spring alive!
Congratulations: You defy odds and are still going strong, repressing your people efficiently all while keeping up relations with the West! Way to game the system. Former friends may have fallen, but you monarchies prove you really are exceptional. So far.
You wowed the world with your female bodyguards, inventive rewriting of Libyan history, and all around distortion of reality. Unfortunately, after NATO backed your opponents, you met a gruesome demise, but hey, your world revolved around you, so zenga zenga!
You're a survivor! The underrated dictator of the pack, you finally stepped down as Yemen's president in 2012. Your self-interested attempts to stabilize Yemen have been largely disastrous — but as conditions in Yemen continue to worsen, your absence may make history's heart grow fonder!
Former BuzzFeed World Reporter, Current BuzzFeed News Contributor
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