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Roman dictator Edit

In ancient Rome, a magistrate with supreme autocratic authority, appointed in times of emergency.


Modern dictator Edit

In modern usage, it's generally referred to those who hold and/or abuse an extraordinary amount of personal power, especially the power to make laws without effective restraint by a legislative assembly. Dictatorships are generally characterized by some of the following traits: suspension of elections and of civil liberties; proclamation of a state of emergency; rule by decree; repression of political opponents without abiding by rule of law procedures; these include single-party state, and cult of personality.


Benevolent dictator Edit

Being an undemocratic or authoritarian leader who exercises his or her political power for the benefit of the people rather than exclusively for his or her own self-interest.


Military dictatorship Edit

Military leaders that often come to power from a coup and establish a military government styled dictatorship.


Family dictatorship Edit

A dictatorship in which the former dictator transfers power to a relative, usually a son.


Royal dictatorship Edit

Alexander I of Yugoslavia is an example due to the fact that he established a counter-coup that gave him extraordinary power, even although inherited a royal reign.

Constitutional dictatorship Edit

Dictatorships that often hold power very temporarily, usually because they trust the person. Generally considered benevolent.


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