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Japan adds to Boomer PMs

The election of Shinzo Abe as Prime Minister in Japan brings to 14, the number of countries with prime ministers which now have baby boomers as leader. Not much is know about the personal side of Abe yet but judging by hairstyles, his predecessor Koizumo looked more hip. The remaining non-boomer PM?s are Australia (John Howard born 1939), Malaysia (Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi born 1939 also) and India (Manmohan Singh born 1931). Youngest boomer PM is Jos? Luis Rodr?guez Zapatero, 46 of Spain and oldest Patrick Bartholomew Ahern, 55 of Ireland.

The post of prime minister is one which may be encountered both in constitutional monarchies (such as Belgium, Denmark, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Malaysia, Spain, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom), and in republics in which the head of state is an elected (such as France, Finland, Ireland, Portugal, Romania) or unelected official (such as India, Germany) with varying degrees of real power.

Posted Sunday, 8 October 2006

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