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#21 Octopus of Odstock

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Posted 15 May 2007 - 06:24 PM

Muammar Gaddaffi was reported today to have been hospitalised after suffering a stroke.

Gaddaffi’s health is poor, according to the report. According to medics, Gaddaffi is in a coma.


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Later the same day, Italian prime minister Romano Prodi said that he received a call from Gaddaffi, who said that he was fine.


Considering Gadaffi is suing the news agency that said he is in a coma, I presume that the exalted one is alive & well. Indeed, the report says that he looked well in a press conference today & "far from being in a coma"

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 06:16 PM

I'm not sure if he counts as a despot or not, but Aden Abdullah Osman Daar, the first president of Somalia and the world's oldest former head of state has died.

I believe that gives Sir Anthony Mamo the new crown.
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 11:39 PM

I'm not sure if he counts as a despot or not, but Aden Abdullah Osman Daar, the first president of Somalia and the world's oldest former head of state has died.

I believe that gives Sir Anthony Mamo the new crown.


Ah, bollocks, another "secret" candidate gone. :(

Not really a despot, no - in fact, quite a nice chap. Indeed, CP, Mr Mamo is the oldest ex-leader around now...

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 01:46 AM


I'm not sure if he counts as a despot or not, but Aden Abdullah Osman Daar, the first president of Somalia and the world's oldest former head of state has died.

I believe that gives Sir Anthony Mamo the new crown.


Ah, bollocks, another "secret" candidate gone. :(

Not really a despot, no - in fact, quite a nice chap. Indeed, CP, Mr Mamo is the oldest ex-leader around now...


You too huh? :birthday2: I was going to include him on my WDP, but I was afraid that he wasn't alive ala J. Leonard Reinsch, who was picked by a host of people on the RDP, and then was subsequently discovered to have died in 1991. Figured that if it could happen to a White House Press Secretary, an ancient Somali head of state could have slipped under the radar as well. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof as Carl Sagan.
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Posted 24 May 2007 - 05:21 PM


I'm not sure if he counts as a despot or not, but Aden Abdullah Osman Daar, the first president of Somalia and the world's oldest former head of state has died.

I believe that gives Sir Anthony Mamo the new crown.


Ah, bollocks, another "secret" candidate gone. :lol:

Not really a despot, no - in fact, quite a nice chap. Indeed, CP, Mr Mamo is the oldest ex-leader around now...


Death reported in error. He's in a coma, in critical condition, but not dead yet.
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Posted 24 May 2007 - 06:02 PM

Death reported in error. He's in a coma, in critical condition, but not dead yet.


Well, either way, he's a rubbish 2008 candidate on account of his soon-to-be-deadness.

By the way, CP, you need to clear your PM box - I keep getting a message saying its full, in response to your RDP query.

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Posted 24 May 2007 - 06:19 PM


Death reported in error. He's in a coma, in critical condition, but not dead yet.


Well, either way, he's a rubbish 2008 candidate on account of his soon-to-be-deadness.


Well that and he's already proven that he won't get a proper UK obit. If he pulls an Ariel Sharon though, might be good for someone's WDP or CPDP Theme Team.

By the way, CP, you need to clear your PM box - I keep getting a message saying its full, in response to your RDP query.


Apologies. Sorted now.
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Posted 25 May 2007 - 01:54 PM

Chiluba in stable condition after collapsing at his home

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Posted 25 May 2007 - 07:30 PM

Chiluba in stable condition after collapsing at his home


Remarkably convienent timing considering his trial is coming up, and he's claiming he's too ill... It wouldn't be the first time Chiluba has pulled such a trick :lol:

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Posted 25 May 2007 - 07:54 PM


Chiluba in stable condition after collapsing at his home


Remarkably convienent timing considering his trial is coming up, and he's claiming he's too ill... It wouldn't be the first time Chiluba has pulled such a trick :lol:


Too true, he pulled the same stunt about this time last year

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 03:22 PM

Chiluba to stand trial

Basically, the judge agrees with me that all these "collapses" and "health scares" are probably a sham, or at least exagarreated & now Freddy's going to get what he deserves... ;)

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 03:44 PM

Chiluba to stand trial

Basically, the judge agrees with me that all these "collapses" and "health scares" are probably a sham, or at least exagarreated & now Freddy's going to get what he deserves... ;)


Quite. One of the prime pre-requisites for an African Despot is a gift for theatricality. I look forward to him collapsing in the dock in due course.

As for him getting what he deserves, however, I cannot share your optimism. My guess is that Mwanawasa will eventually cut him a deal rather than be perceived as a puppet of Western imperialism.
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Posted 01 June 2007 - 03:49 PM


Chiluba to stand trial

Basically, the judge agrees with me that all these "collapses" and "health scares" are probably a sham, or at least exagarreated & now Freddy's going to get what he deserves... ;)


Quite. One of the prime pre-requisites for an African Despot is a gift for theatricality. I look forward to him collapsing in the dock in due course.

As for him getting what he deserves, however, I cannot share your optimism. My guess is that Mwanawasa will eventually cut him a deal rather than be perceived as a puppet of Western imperialism.



Fair point, but if he's kept alive, in jail and generally miserable that could be a serious punishment to a theatrical despot. Kinda, what he deserves, obviously without the daily sessions of being tortured in public.
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Posted 04 June 2007 - 06:52 PM

Charles Taylor starts the performance of his crowd pleasing life by keeping them waiting. The man's love of an audience means he'll almost certainly show up to rant, denounce and display his impressive line in clothing. Faced with a guilty verdict he may yet deliver for those of us sitting on deadpool picks which pay off with minor bonuses for death under 60 and/or by suicide.
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Posted 08 June 2007 - 06:11 PM



I'm not sure if he counts as a despot or not, but Aden Abdullah Osman Daar, the first president of Somalia and the world's oldest former head of state has died.

I believe that gives Sir Anthony Mamo the new crown.


Ah, bollocks, another "secret" candidate gone. ;)

Not really a despot, no - in fact, quite a nice chap. Indeed, CP, Mr Mamo is the oldest ex-leader around now...


Death reported in error. He's in a coma, in critical condition, but not dead yet.


Aden Abdulle Osman Daar, is now officially dead. I doubt he'll gate a state funeral, as there seems to be no state to speak of in Somalia.
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Posted 29 June 2007 - 06:14 PM

Ivory Coast PM survives rocket attack on his plane

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Posted 29 June 2007 - 11:05 PM

Ivory Coast PM survives rocket attack on his plane


No, no, no. 'Survives rocket attack on his plane.....this time!'
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Posted 02 July 2007 - 01:25 PM

Brahim Deby, son of Chadian President Idriss Deby, has been found dead in France. He had a somewhat colourful life, and his evident appointment as heir apparent was controversial even within his own family.
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Posted 12 July 2007 - 11:38 PM

Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi of Uganda is in a London hospital, having undergone a major operation...
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Posted 30 July 2007 - 11:05 AM

It's hardly my specialist subject, but what sounds like DespotFest is taking place in the Ivory Coast. A few ill-chosen words could see it all kick off big-style, perhaps?




God you could almost start a spin off game, Head of states in a coma list 2007. Okay so the title needs a bit of work but you get the jist. My money's on Giorgio Napolitano, president of Italy. born 1925, could be a little young.

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