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AUTOCRACY. The name of a government where the monarch is unlimited by law. Such is the power of the emperor of Russia, who, following the example of his predecessors, calls himself the autocrat of all the Russias.

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Due to Le Brun's close associations with France's absolute ruler Louis XIV--after all, he is best known as the creator of the Hall of Mirrors, which celebrates the king's military achievements--the painter has carried a political weight that has put off generations of art historians.
Through timely foreign support and the fortunate deaths of rivals, Franco emerged as first among Nationalist rebels and absolute ruler until his death in 1975.
With Khamenei being supreme commander of all the armed forces in Iran, as well as the absolute ruler over all other things, the IRGC controlled Ahmadi-Nejad.
In Hobbes's philosophy (expressed in Leviathan and other works), the disorder in society needed to be brought under the control of an absolute ruler who would maintain and impose the sovereign will of society upon its dissenters.
Imam Sadiq (PBUH) narrated: Allah ordered, by revelation, one of the prophets to go to the absolute ruler of that kingdom and say to him: I have not appointed you for shedding their blood and seizing their property.
He was replaced by his halfbrother Salman as the absolute ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam.
Or is it that the corrupt absolute ruler of Western Gottika may be scouting the city for teenage girls to kidnap?
Deadlines for presidential and legislative elections were missed time and again while Abbas consolidated his grip over the West Bank and Hamas became the absolute ruler in Gaza.
But he also complained that he was unlikely to receive a fair trial in Iran: "The only court in which there is not even a small amount of injustice is divine justice because we are all Muslims and the absolute ruler is God."
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In 2003, after the establishment of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), where Paul Bremer was the absolute ruler, Iran sent to Baghdad a delegation from the Foreign Ministry and the Revolutionary Guard to congratulate the CPA - which was drafted in American ink without ignoring 'Iran's friends.'
The Tsars always argued that their country's uniqueness demanded a distinctive form of government, with the Tsar himself as absolute ruler of the Russian state, put there by God, and not subject to any limitation of his powers, with a firm belief that autocracy was essential if Russia were to exist as a single, totally unified country.