AA correspondents have brought together politicians who have come to key points in the country, past and present, from the arts, sports and media.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has recently been featured in the media as a former comedian, and Liberia’s President George Weah’s political performance has been compared to his play in Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.
Another world-famous athlete, such as the world-famous striker Wee, is Imran Khan, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan. Khan, who has lost power in Pakistan in recent months, is the first prime minister to not come from one of the two political parties that ruled Pakistan for 70 years. It owes its popularity to the sport of cricket.
Han is a world-famous cricket player and is the most watched and played player in the country. He also captained the team at the only cricket World Cup that Pakistan won in 1992. After leaving Cricket and participating in political and civil society activities after the World Cup, Han took power over the country in 2018 and ruled until 2022.
In the past, England, Antigua and Barbuda, and Barbados also had cricket prime ministers. Edward Heath, the captain of the champion sailing team, is one of the athletes who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Ugandan Tekken, Idi Amin, both President and Boxing
Pál Schmitt, President of Hungary from 2010 to 2012, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist fencing athlete.
Former Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battruga is an athlete who won gold and silver medals at Sambo and a politician who also served as President of the Federation.
Idi Amin, who ruled Uganda with Tekken for a while, was a boxer who made the word “Tekken” justice. Amin, a heavyweight boxing champion in Uganda from 1951 to 1960, also played rugby at the Nile and Cobbs clubs.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who resigned in early May, was one of the politicians who started his sports career in rugby and cricket, but Rajapaksa’s real fame was the shot he won the gold medal.
Cinema villain becomes president of the Philippines
Many politicians who came to politics from folding screens and the stage had a say in national politics. The most popular of these is arguably Ukrainian President Zelensky.
Another politician who works as a comedian, like Zelensky, who was elected president after gaining fame in his country as a comedian and actor, is former Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales.
Born into a circus family, Morales was known domestically for his show program with his brother. Former Philippine President Joseph Ejercito worried his audience while Morales made the country laugh.
Starting his career as a model from an early age, Estrada gained true fame by portraying bad characters in the movies he starred in the years that followed.
Another politician who became famous as a child, like Estrada, was Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who handed over his post on May 23.
Actor twins become Polish president and prime minister
Like Morrison, who appeared in many commercials as a child actor, twin brothers Lek and former Polish President and Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski also acted as a child.
After appearing in the movie “Duo Stealing Bears”, the Kaczynski brothers entered politics, with Lech Kaczynski becoming president and Jaroslaw Kaczynski becoming prime minister.
Among the politicians involved in politics in other art fields, Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama and Nauru’s Baron Waka come to the fore.
Famous in the field of painting, Lama held exhibitions at the Venice Biennale, New York and Berlin. Lama, who is also interested in various art fields, also writes books in these fields.
On the other hand, Waka is a well-established composer in the field of music, and welcomes foreigners by playing the guitar.
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