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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Bahrain: Protests began Monday, February 14, 2011 in the capital, Manama. The government has reacted with force and deadly toward the protesters. Photo: United States President George W. Bush (not shown) meets with King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, March 25, 2008. (UPI Photo/Ron Sachs/Pool)
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