The Arab world has long been plagued with less than perfect representation and ruling. Many of the kings and presidents of the region end up being the oppressive dictator types. However, with rumors of their extremely romantic sides surfacing, there seems to be more than the eye can see regarding these rulers, Wives and mistresses of these infamous dictators weigh in to reveal the true nature of these powerful men.

Muammar Qaddafi

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Known for his strength on the streets of Tripoli, President Qaddafi is also gaining a reputation as the world’s biggest Casanova. An oppressor on the streets, but a devil in the sheets, his Excellency always manages to put his girls’ needs first. “I feel like his very open-minded approach on unreciprocated oral is good enough to cancel out his war-crimes, something for the International Criminal Court to consider,” shares his live-in girlfriend, anonymous.

Omar al-Bashir

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This Sudanese president took a page from Qaddafi when it comes to fashion, but the charm is all his. “He enjoys cuddling, like, a lot,” says his girlfriend – who also chose to stay anonymous. “I call him my big teddybear,” she says, chuckling, “he also loves role-playing in the bedroom, we don’t shy away from playing South-North Sudan, political incorrectness kind of gets him off.”

Husni Mubarak

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Sure he may have caused the unraveling of an entire country, but according to his wife, Egyptian President Mubarak is actually a dreamboat. “I think he’s just really misunderstood, would such a horrible man have bought me roses at least three times in the past year? I think not.” Mrs. Mubarak goes on to detail how on several occasions, her husband postponed important national security meetings just to be with her, citing that he was an incurable romantic. “He can’t get enough of me, he says that the genocide rumors can wait,” she says with a dreamy smile, adding, “I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.”

Jamal Basha

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Personally responsible for the demise of the region during World War I, Jamal Basha has a fairly lousy reputation. However, newly uncovered letters from him to his young mistress at the time reveal his boyish charm and seductive ways. Below is an excerpt of one of the tamer letters: “Yellow diamonds in the sky, and we’re standing side by side, as your shadow crosses mine…we found love in a hopeless place.” Pure poetry.

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