Funny, bizarre and dangerous. These politicians certainly didn't mess with things

Funny, bizarre and dangerous. These politicians certainly didn't mess with things

Politics attracts people with a lust for power. But what does it look like when incompetent people crave power? It often results in situations that are funny at first glance but have a very dark background.

Today's article will introduce you to the most bizarre politicians. You'll meet the man who declared war on Cyprus over wine and the African dictator who declared himself the last king of Scotland.

Author: Michal Cemper

The end of circuses and national watermelon day

Turkmenistan's president Saparmurat Niyazov was anything but a conventional politician. Above all, he revelled in bans of all kinds. During his reign, he banned beards, gold teeth, circuses and ballet.

But the bizarre moments of his reign did not end there. He declared himself a god and named two months of the year after himself and his mother. Next to that, his proclamations of National Watermelon Day and National Horse Day seem like a weak concoction.

If you're thinking this story comes from history, you're wrong. Saparmurat Niyazov was Turkmenistan's first president and ruled from 1990 to 2006. During his reign, Saparmurat managed to appoint himself Prime Minister and Marshal. That's what we call lust for power.

Ruling from the sanatorium

You may remember Rob Ford's name from the news. His case is only a few years old. This Toronto mayor was only convicted by a video recording of him smoking crack in 2012.

Ford did not respond to numerous calls for his resignation, telling the media that it was an isolated experiment and a personal failure. However, no other recordings incriminating the mayor of repeated drug use were allowed to see the light of day during the same week.

But even further scandals didn't make Ford resign. He did not give up his mayoral post and held on to it even while he was in rehab. He became the only mayor to hold office among drug addicts and alcoholics.

The last King of Scotland

This story may look funny at first glance, but there is a dark underbelly behind it. Idi Amin was Uganda's president and dictator who ruled the country after a coup from 1971 to 1979.

His tyranny earned him an unflattering nickname - the Butcher of Kampala. His regime's rule cost the lives of at least 300 000 people and left thousands of people tortured and harshly interrogated.

Amin survived several attempts at revolution and considered himself the last King of Scotland. But that was not his only title. Amin also called himself lord of all creatures on land and water and conqueror of the British Empire.

For a handful of grapes

You can fight over a little thing. The Ottoman Sultan Selim II envied Cyprus for their sweet grapes so much that he declared war on them in 1573.

The target of his campaign was the sweet berries from which the Cypriots made wine. It should be noted that Selim II won the war and left the country with rich spoils.