This post has been updated. Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's broad margin of victory in his country's most recent "election" — 88.7 percent, according to reports — is the sort of thing that would make most American politicians jealous. (Especially a few politicians in Mississippi.) But for an autocrat, it's actually a pretty lame showing.
Here's where Assad stacks up against some of the world's greatest "election" winners this century.
|10.||Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran||2009||62.6 percent|
|9.||Hugo Chavez, Venezuela||2006||62.8|
|8.||Vladimir Putin, Russia||2012||64|
|7.||Vladimir Putin, Russia||2004||71.2|
|6.||Bashar al-Assad, Syria||2014||88.7|
|5.||Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Egypt||2014||96.9|
|4.||Fidel Castro, Cuba||2003||99|
|3.||Kim Jong Il, North Korea||2009||99.9|
And then there are the cream of the crop, the most robustly supported authoritarian leaders we've seen in recent history.
|1. (tied)||Kim Jong Un, North Korea||2014||100|
|1. (tied)||Saddam Hussein, Iraq||2002||100|
As the BBC article about Hussein's remarkable "achievement" states: "[t]he government insists the count was fair and accurate." Of course it was.
For those of you rushing to figure out where Barack Obama and George W. Bush fall on this list, here you go. Obama got 52.9 percent and 51.1 percent. Bush got 47.9 and 50.7.