Ironically, many are now calling for a return to strongman rule.
His match with McCann in 1890 served as a model for later strongman competitions.
A popular uprising ousted its longtime strongman, President Blaise Compaoré, in 2014.
A military strongman, Joseph-Desire Mobutu, who had a few years before been a sergeant in the colonial police force, took over.
The first such strongman competition took place in 1977 at Universal Studios in Los Angeles.
Sandow became famous in India at a time when pahlwan (“strongman”) culture was feeding a nationalist movement.
In Chechnya, thousands of people took part in an official rally at which strongman ruler Ramzan Kadyrov called for the "guilty to be punished".
Mr Kagame’s supporters and admirers take the view that a strongman with a long-term plan can be better for development than lots of squabbling factions.
In Libya, Prince Mohammed defied American pleas and a United Nations embargo by arming the forces of the militia leader and would-be strongman Khalifa Hifter.
Where democracies are weaker—or where they are weakened by economic troubles or civil unrest—the desire for a “strongman” has often led to abuses of power as well as coups.
Similar appeals to Nicaraguans were reinforced by events in Nicaragua, where Daniel Ortega, the country’s strongman President, has repressed dissent and brutalized opponents.
TRIPOLI — Early last spring, just before a planned American-backed peace conference between warring factions in Libya, the aspiring Libyan strongman Khalifa Hifter arranged a phone call with John R.
In the aftermath of the two Russian-Chechen wars of the 1990s, and the splintering of the Chechen independence movement, Russia installed Kadyrov, a pro-Moscow strongman, to keep a lid on the region.
The attack on the Capitol was the latest, and most significant, data point supporting the claim that Trump has practiced strongman politics, variously described as authoritarian, fascist, or tyrannical.
I encourage the Guardian to drop the description “strongman” for despots like Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen leader who rules with fear, torture and murder (Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov ‘hospitalised with suspected Covid-19’, 21 May).
“Having played the strongman politics since coming to power, Xi would be the least likely person to feel constrained by these unspoken rules” of succession, said Warren Sun, a researcher on Chinese Communist Party history at Monash University in Australia.
Before he became involved in the former Soviet Union he worked for such figures as the late Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos, the late leader of Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Mobutu Sese Seko and the late Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi.
In a series of Instagram posts over the weekend, both Kadyrov and the Chechen information minister posted photos of the strongman leader — who has been repeatedly suspected of ordering murders across Europe and Russia — in a gym and smelling flowers alongside cryptic messages.
An agreement would be a turning point in relations between Serbia and Kosovo, which declared independence on Feb. 17, 2008, almost a decade after NATO intervened against the Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic to halt a brutal civil war with Kosovo’s majority ethnic Albanians.
While Paty’s murder shocked France, prominent voices in Russia’s North Caucasus such as Chechnya’s strongman leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, have focused blame on the country’s secularism and President Emmanuel Macron for allowing images of the prophet Muhammad as “provocations and attacks on the faith.”
- a man who performs feats of strength at a fair or circus
- a powerful political figure who rules by the exercise of force or violence
Example: he is determined to bring down the Iraqi strongman
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