Huffington Post     First Posted: 08/20/09 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 02:40 PM ET

The world is full of bad leaders, from dictators to gaffe-prone buffoons, but some are surely worse than others. Below is a selection of 10 leaders who are often criticized in the international news media or by human rights organizations. We'll leave the ranking up to you.

Silvio Berlusconi
On-and-off Prime Minister of Italy since 1994 and the third richest man in the country, Berlusconi frequents the international news media with various scandals that are usually centered around women. Berlusconi is currently going through a very public divorce from his wife Veronica Lario over his attendance to an 18-year-old girl's birthday party (he is 73), among other things. Among and endless selection of gaffes, Berlusconi once complimentred Barack Obama on his "suntan".

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