Contested leaders of the Middle East and North Africa (9 images)

Photos of Middle East and North African leaders who are under pressure to resign or reform their governments. Recent protests have brought the downfall of two, Mubarak and Ben Ali, authoritarian leaders. In the surrounding countries tension and unrest is increasing.
Updated: Feb. 18, 2011 at 5:09 PM
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Algeria: Protesters began to rally Saturday, February 12, 2011 in Algeria. They are calling for the establishment of a legitimate democracy. The autocratic Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been in power since 1999. Photo: Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria, speaks at the 64th United Nations General Assembly in the UN building in New York City on September 23, 2009. UPI/John Angelillo
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