Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad has become the world’s oldest head of state. How does he compare to other Asian leaders?
Although the world has seen old elected leaders, agism has always been a rallying point for politicians. During the campaign for US election there were lot of references to Trump’s age making him unfit to hold the highest position.
While the opposition did refer to age as a factor in making him unsuitable for the position, Malaysians elected the oldest leader in history to head the country. Mahathir Mohamad aged 92 is 21 years older than US President Donald Trump and twice the age of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Experience in politics seems to be a key deciding factor for Asians to elect leaders thus most of the leaders are on the higher side of the age spectrum. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at 73 years of age, is the most controversial president of the country. He has been attracting lot of criticism owing to his undiplomatic remarks and his war on drugs. Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith is 72 years of age. He has been in power since 2016 and has held significant political positions before being the prime minister of Laos.