Exiled leaders

Today’s Exiled Leaders Around The World And How They Got That Way

Whether through revolution or politics, global leaders – especially those operating in turbulent states – have the potential to face exile. These are the world’s currently exiled leaders.

President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi – Yemen


Who are they?

President of Yemen

What went wrong?

Yemen has been the site of some of the world’s most turbulent fighting as of late. With Shiite Houthi rebels  using Yemen’s capital of Sanaa as a stronghold and moving in on larger swaths of territory, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, the country’s current president, has been forced to flee to Saudi Arabia.

Where are they now?

Hadi took refuge in Saudi Arabia’s capital of Riyadh, where he finds himself in the company of a fellow pro-Sunni government.

Given the trajectory of the Yemen conflict it’s uncertain how long Hadi’s exile will last, or if he will ever return to the helm of Yemen’s government.

Mustafa Dzhemilev – Crimea


Who are they?

Former leader of the republic of Crimea.

What went wrong?

After Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, the republic’s former leader, Mustafa Dzhemilev, was forcibly removed in favor of a  pro-Russian leader.[contextly_auto_sidebar id=”euE1PRj3Y5Jm5sUXPfzhGUsIMgAmsdje”]

Dzhemilev, part of Crimea’s Tatar minority, has since been exiled to Ukraine after Russia officially banned him from entering the Black Sea Peninsula.

Where are they now?

Despite being an exiled leader he still participates in Ukraine’s government in Kyiv as a deputy and lobbies for the rights of his ethnic minority from there. Dzhemilev has spoken out against Russia’s President Putin, claiming that Crimea has been turned into a military base under the leaders control.

Khaled Mashal – Jordan


Who are they?

Leader of radical islamist group Hamas.

What went wrong?

Though Khaled Mashal is not the elected president or prime minister of any nation, he does lead the Islamic Palestinian group Hamas – a role which resulted in his expulsion from both Israel and Jordan, who’ve since labeled Hamas a terrorist group.

Mashal became an exiled leader from in 2001 when the Jordanian King accused him of conducting illegal activities on the country’s soil. This was part of a joint push by Israel and Jordan to curb the operations of the radical Palestinian group Hamas in the region.

Where are they now?

The exiled leader of Hamas has since moved from Syria, where he stayed until the civil war erupted, to Qatar where he currently resides.

Marc Ravalomanana – Madagascar


Who are they?

Former president of Madagascar.

What went wrong?

As a result of violent protests and accusations of an “abuse of power” relating to his misappropriation of government funds (i.e. buying a $60 million personal plane), Madagascar’s president Marc Ravalomanana decided to flee the country in 2009.

Madagascar’s former president had been exiled for over five years until his unannounced return in 2014 when he made an unexpected return back to Madagascar. Unfortunately for him, even after spending five years in exile in South Africa, his return was a fairly unwelcome.

Where are they now?

Ravalomanana was arrested upon his arrival and was forced to serve the rest of his house arrest sentence in the country.


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