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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2038

The new trend of electing young leaders

By S.H.Moulana

When a government servant celebrates his sixtieth birthday, he sees yet another party is in progress in his department and that is to say goodbye to him.

If you are a cricketer you are expected to hang your gloves when you reach your forty.

However, for politicians whether it is sixty or even seventy is the qualifying age to take up leadership.

Barack Hussein Obama II, born August 4, 1961, is an American politician, who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He was elected as a President at the age of 48 and retired from politics when he was 55 years old.

We are pleased to see this trend is changing in the West. First we saw Justin Trudeu at the age of 44 became the second youngest prime minister of Canada.

Then another young man in Emmanuel Macron followed him to become the youngest president of France at the age of 39 years. In 2014, when he was just 36 he did a marvelous job as minister of economy.

To top all these now Austria has elected Sebastian Kurz as its chancellor at the age of 31. He was Austria’s foreign minister since he was just 27 years. During this period he was instrumental for the negotiations on the nuclear program of Iran in Vienna.

He was also responsible for the negotiated solution for the Ukraine crisis in Vienna. It is on record that during the period he served as the foreign minister he has met almost all the world leaders.

All these young leaders are well known for their integrity and their hunger to serve the people contrary to the aged leaders the east is blessed with.

We don’t write off all old leaders and paint them as corrupt, a former senator, Mark Udall (Democrat) had this to say about the former elderly US Republican president Gerard Ford “President Ford was a devoted, decent man of impeccable integrity who put service to his country before his own self-interest. He helped to heal our nation during a time of crisis.

Provided steady leadership and restored people’s faith in the presidency and in government.”

In the meantime, an American college professor while condemning US funny electoral system of ‘electoral college’, has said "As an American, I want to apologize to the rest of the world for my country electing Donald Trump." You can see the difference between these two old brigades.

- Asian Tribune –
Meet the 31-year-old conservative poised to become Austria’s new chancellor

Meet the 31-year-old  Sebastian Kurz, conservative, elected  to become Austria’s new chancellor
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