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Dictator in regiment's HQ receiving head of state (6)

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I believe the answer is:

despot

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'dictator' is the definition.

(despot is a kind of dictator)

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for despot that I've seen before include "monster?", "One exploiting rule", "Posted by tyrant", "Caesar for one", "Tyrant, dictator", "A ruler with unrestricted power", "Posted (anag)", "Tyrannical dictator", "Tyranical dictator" and "Possibly 4 [CZAR]".)

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