France, after all, transitioned from absolute monarchy by way of the French Revolution and its Reign of Terror.
Some have called for an appointed government and even a return to absolute monarchy.
As an absolute monarchy there was comfort in an Arab world of other autocracies.
Rule by one person — a monarch, usually a king or a queen — whose actions are restricted neither by written law nor by custom; a system different from a constitutional monarchy and from a republic. Absolute monarchy persisted in France until 1789 and in Russia until 1917.