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n. pl. klep·toc·ra·cies
A government characterized by rampant greed and corruption.

[Greek kleptein, to steal + -cracy.]

klep′to·crat′ (-tə-krăt′) n.
klep′to·crat′ic adj.


(ˈklɛp təˌkræt)
a government official who is a thief or exploiter.
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Gbadolite, home to deposed kleptocrat Mobutu Sese Seko's now decaying jungle palace, has also applied for commercial service.
chief kleptocrat Ban Ki-moon as "United Nations special envoy for cities and climate change" to "press for action on global warming," Bloomberg decided his victim disarmament fund-raising outfit, "Mayors Against Illegal Guns," should be re-named "Everytown for Gun Safety.
Indeed, the United States is the second easiest country in the world--after Kenya--for a criminal, kleptocrat or terrorist to incorporate an anonymous company to launder their ill-gotten-gains with impunity.
The Ruler, as Spencer (2012) identifies the types of rulers in the postcolony is the kleptocrat comparable to Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo); gangster and warlord comparable to Charles Taylor who ruled Liberia; psychopath comparable to Francisco Nguema of Equatorial Guinea; atrocious buffoon comparable to Idi Amin of Uganda.
The following year he was appointed chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), a regional economic bloc, and that brought him to confront an even more onerous problem: Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) was fast sliding into chaos under its long-term kleptocrat, Mobutu Sese Seko.
It should be noted that when kleptocrats extract resources on this scale, much of it does not leave the country but instead is used to maintain and strengthen the kleptocrat's power base; for example.
The final unmentioned (and, indeed, unmentionable) obstacle is political corruption, practiced most assiduously by the President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari--a contemptible kleptocrat.
In reality, of course, Mobutu was the embodiment of the third world kleptocrat for whom the state coffers have become the property of himself and his henchmen, to squander as they see fit.
to kleptocrat free marketers, a powerful thrust was given to White House visions of unlimited dominance, based on projections of uncontested unilateral military power.
The main figure among regime hardliners is Maher al-Assad, Bashar's younger brother described as a billionaire kleptocrat commanding the ruthless Republican Guard, the army's Fourth Armoured Division and a combination of crack-forces known as Kata'eb Maher.
It is our deep hope that the NTC swiftly deposes this sociopathic, mass murdering kleptocrat and ushers in a new day of cooperation, peace and reconciliation," said Cummock.
Qadhdhafi had lots going for him, as he stuck his finger in every economic pie just like a classic third world kleptocrat.