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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Libya: Leader Moammar Gaddafi, the region's longest ruling authoritarian ruler, has met anti-government protesters with deadly force. There have been massive demonstrations in 5 cities. Photo: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi addresses the 64th General Assembly at the United Nations on September 23, 2009 in New York City. UPI /Monika Graff
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