Leaders in the hot seat

Photos of a young, and at times shirtless, Justin Trudeau sent social media into a frenzy recently. While the Canadian Prime Minister is no doubt one of the hottest political leaders in office, other world leaders have also turned heads

PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA
Justin Trudeau, 45

Since the hunky politician's stunning victory in 2015 - he is the second-youngest prime minister in Canadian history - netizens have not been able to get enough of this dreamboat.

The one-time bartender and snowboard instructor, who entered politics in 2008, has been compared to Michelangelo's statue of David as well as Disney princes Eric from The Little Mermaid (1989) and Flynn Rider from Tangled (2010).

He broke the Internet with a photo taken in 2012 showing him - muscled and shirtless - weighing in for a charity boxing match. He reportedly pounded his way to victory over Canadian senator Patrick Brazeau.


Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waves upon arrival at the airport in Berlin for a three- day visit to Germany, on Feb 16, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Last month, photos of United States President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka "swooning" over Mr Trudeau at a roundtable discussion at the White House went viral. One tweet said: "Ivanka looks at Justin Trudeau the way I look at pizza."

Sorry ladies, he is taken. Mr Trudeau married former television host Sophie Gregoire in 2005 and they have three children.



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PRESIDENT OF HAITI
Jovenel Moise, 48

Haiti might be the poorest country in the Americas, but its new president - sworn in just last month - is rich in beauty.

With his clean-cut features and pearly whites, President Moise is definitely a looker.

In fact, the businessman, nicknamed "Banana Man" as he is a banana exporter, has been ranked fourth out of 199 on the website, Hottest Heads of State.

He never held political office prior to his presidential-election win.

The son of a merchant and a seamstress studied political science at Quisqueya University and married Martine Marie Etienne Joseph, his classmate, in 1996. He is reportedly a father of three.



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PRESIDENT OF CROATIA
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, 48

Apart from making history as Croatia's first female and youngest president, this blonde bombshell has attracted just as much attention for her looks and figure since getting elected in 2015.

Glamorous, beautiful and blessed with a voluptuous silhouette that rivals the curves of American reality television star Kim Kardashian, she was mistaken last year for American glamour model Coco Austin when photos of Austin wearing a bikini appeared on social media.

These reportedly sparked a sudden interest among netizens to move to Croatia.

Mrs Grabar-Kitarovic is married to Mr Jakov Kitarovic, a University Of Zagreb graduate, and they have two children. But when the couple turn up at events together, all eyes are focused on her, so much so that a news outlet once wrote that her husband could have been mistaken for her bodyguard.



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PRESIDENT OF MAURITIUS
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, 57

If intelligence is sexy, then this leader of the island nation off the coast of Africa is very sexy.

Behind her deep-set eyes, long lashes and full lips is one of the country's brightest brains.

The internationally renowned scientist and biologist has published a slew of academic works, received various international awards and has a PhD in organic chemistry.

As if her resume was not impressive enough, she became Mauritius' first woman president in 2015.

A magazine article once noted that she embodies the expression "beauty with brains".

She has two children with her husband Anwar Fakim, a surgeon.



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KING OF BHUTAN
Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 37

This dreamy monarch of the small Himalayan kingdom is reason enough to start Googling where it is.

Before he was crowned in 2008, he attended an event in Bangkok in 2006 and was dubbed "Prince Charming" by the Thai press.

His appearance there reportedly caused a sensation and gave rise to a legion of female fans in Thailand.

Referred to by netizens as an Asian Ken doll, he found his Barbie and married Queen Jetsun Pema in 2011.

Unlike his father, who had four wives, the King reportedly plans to have a monogamous marriage.

Last year, the Queen gave birth to an adorable son who, within three months, sported a thick head of hair.

Clearly, the young prince has inherited his father's good genes.



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PRESIDENT OF MEXICO
Enrique Pena Nieto, 50

Mexico's heart-throb of a president, with his gleaming smile and movie-star looks, has been labelled the George Clooney of politics by some news outlets.

During his presidential campaign in 2012, female voters reportedly waited hours at rallies to get close to him and gave him the nickname "bombon" - Spanish for chocolate.

The son of an engineer and a teacher is firm when he needs to be.

Two months ago, in response to United States President Donald Trump's intention to make Mexico pay for a wall between their two countries, he said definitively: "Mexico will not pay for any wall."

His first wife, with whom he has three children, died in 2007 and he reportedly had affairs which resulted in two illegitimate children .

He is married to former soap opera actress Angelica Rivera, whom he met on the campaign trail.



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PRIME MINISTER OF NEW ZEALAND
Bill English, 55

If you are into the rugged, manly type, the newest Kiwi leader - sworn in just three months ago - might be your cup of tea. A public servant before entering politics, he is described by some news outlets as boring. But a look into his past uncovers some personality.

According to the New Zealand Herald, he was a calendar boy in a 2002 fund-raising calendar titled Man Of The Year - Hot Shots, produced by his New Zealand National Party. Then 40, he was shown engaging in activities such as boxingand driving a farm bike - and the calendar was a product of his "sex appeal", the party's campaign communications director reportedly said.

Possibly because of his recent swearing in, there has been significant online interest in his life. Google Trends show top searches related to him in the past year include those about his wife and family.

To be clear, he is married to general practitioner Mary Scanlon and they have six children.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 12, 2017, with the headline 'Leaders in the hot seat'. Print Edition | Subscribe