one-man rule


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Noun1.one-man rule - a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)one-man rule - a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
autocracy, autarchy - a political system governed by a single individual
police state - a country that maintains repressive control over the people by means of police (especially secret police)
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Under Duterte, Philippine democracy has been gradually but steadily exterminated, with all other independent branches of government collapsing under the weight of an authoritarian regime that has all but snuffed out the remaining hold-outs to one-man rule.
However, Pilapil pointed out that such a proposal could lead to one-man rule, noting that changing constitutions is a classic strategy of democratically-elected autocratic leaders to "undermine their own democracies.
All too aware of the perils of the kind of indefinite, one-man rule from which the People's Republic had suffered so grievously under Mao, Deng also introduced limits of two five-year terms on the top jobs and encouraged an orderly succession process.
The abolition signals a return to one-man rule, although authorities deny this.
According to Al Jazeera, the move reverses the era of "collective" leadership and orderly succession in the country, that was once promoted by the late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, to ensure stability following the turbulent one-man rule of Communist China's founder Mao Zedong.
The slide towards one-man rule under Xi has fuelled concern that Beijing is eroding efforts to guard against the excesses of autocratic leadership and make economic regulation more stable and predictable.
President Kenyatta is in effect "challenging the rule of law in ways that push executive impunity to an extreme not seen since the dark days of Daniel Arap Moi's one-man rule," the ex-envoys declared.
This time around, however, the protesters marched to oppose among others the push for charter change to shift to a federalist form of government, which they said would pave the way for President Rodrigo Duterte to cement his one-man rule as Marcos did.
Things haven't gone as badly as I feared: Our political system--on the home front, at least--has been surprisingly resistant to one-man rule.
It can be argued that the system Mr Hussain nurtured one-man rule did not allow the creation of any genuine second-tier leadership; Altaf Bhai's word was law and there was very little internal democracy.
The referendum that was supposed to consolidate his one-man rule, giving him sweeping powers, ironically, could have weakened his position, politically.
Critics say a switch to presidential system is part of a grab by Erdogan for one-man rule, but supporters say it will simply put Turkey in line with France and the United States and is needed for efficient government.