head of state in a Muslim-majority country, twice: 1988-1990, and 1993-1996. But in both terms she was removed from office by the president on suspicion of corruption. Mrs Bhutto was killed in a suicide bombing in 2007. Her father and two phone database brothers also died in the violent attack. _710 Photo Credit: Getty Images / BBC News Nawaz Sharif Bhutto served twice as prime minister, was removed twice, and was replaced by Nawaz Sharif both times. But he was deposed by the military in 1999 and, like Bhutto, was forced into exile and briefly imprisoned before heading to Saudi Arabia.
But when the Panama Papers scandal in 2017 came to light, revealing ties to offshore companies and assets not shown on his family's wealth statement, Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled that he would be barred from public office for life. Another important figure in Pakistani politics, Pervez Musharraf, who seized power in the 1999 coup that forced Bhutto and Sharif into exile, also ended his political career in exile. Photo Credit: Getty Images / BBC News Marcos (the waver) was elected president in 1965. His son, second from right, will be elected president of the Philippines in 2022.
Ferdinand Marcos In 1986, Ferdinand Marcos claimed to have won the presidential election, but was accused of fraud, triggering massive protests and demonstrations, and the situation was serious and imminent. Then-US President Ronald Reagan advised him to abandon his power struggle in the Philippines and go into exile in Hawaii. "The Philippines was a former American colony, and Marcos was an important anti-communist ally who received generous economic and military support (from Washington)," said Professor Escliba-Falci. After another 14 years, Sharif returned home, led the opposition back into politics, and won him a third term as prime minister.