List of state leaders in 2016

This is a list of heads of state, heads of governments, and other rulers in the year 2016.




North AmericaEdit


South AmericaEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Eritrea only became independent in 1993.
  2. ^ South Sudan only became independent in 2011.
  3. ^ Bahrain only became independent in 1971.
  4. ^ Brunei only became independent in 1984.
  5. ^ Hun Sen was titled Second Prime Minister in 1993–98.
  6. ^ Kazakhstan only became independent in 1991.
  7. ^ Kim was referred to as supreme leader in 2011, and then appointed as First Chairman of the National Defence Commission in 2012 and Chairman of the State Affairs Commission in 2016 —having been de facto leader of North Korea throughout.
  8. ^ Palestine continues to be administered de jure by the Palestinian National Authority, and hence the Palestinian head of state and head of government jointly remain as both the president and prime minister of this corresponding National Authority. Supplementary to its existing status internationally as a partially recognised state, it remains an occupied state on the part of Israel in the West Bank.
  9. ^ Uzbekistan only became independent in 1991.
  10. ^ Montenegro only became independent in 2006.
  11. ^ The seven-member Swiss Federal Council is head of state and government collectively. Within this executive council, the president serves solely in a primus inter pares capacity for one year.


  1. ^ "Patrice Talon sworn in as Benin president". The Daily Star Newspaper – Lebanon.
  2. ^ Title changed from First Secretary to chairman on 9 May 2016.
  3. ^ Title changed from First Chairman of the National Defence Commission of North Korea to Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of North Korea on 29 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Responsibilities : Federal Chancellor : Federal Chancellery of Austria". Archived from the original on 25 March 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Taneti Maamau declared new president of Kiribati". Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 10 April 2016.

External linksEdit

  • CIDOB Foundation (in Spanish)—contextualised biographies of world political leaders
  • Portale Storia (in Spanish)—a list of current rulers by country
  • Rulers—a list of rulers throughout time and places
  • WorldStatesmen—an online encyclopedia of the leaders of nations and territories