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From Ronald Reagan to Volodymyr Zelensky: Global stars who went into politics


By Viral News Now and AP


PARIS: Ukrainian comic Volodymyr Zelensky, who received Sunday’s presidential election in Ukraine, adopted a number of celebrities – from US actor Ronald Reagan to Liberian footballer George Weah – who nabbed high political jobs of their international locations.

Reagan, a Hollywood actor for greater than 20 years, was the primary cinema star to develop into head of state.

He was elected governor of California in 1966 earlier than beginning the primary of two phrases because the 40th US president in 1981.

Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger later additionally made the leap from cinema to politics.

The bodybuilder and motion hero was Republican governor of California, the richest and most populous US state, from 2003 to 2011.

Within the Philippines, all-action robust man film star Joseph Estrada, who performed in round 100 movies, entered politics in 1969, changing into mayor, senator and vp.

He was elected president in 1998 however pushed out of workplace in 2001 by a well-liked revolt after corruption accusations.

In Guatemala, Jimmy Morales – a former TV comedian with no earlier political expertise who campaigned on anti-corruption guarantees – was elected president in October 2015.

Additionally a cinema producer and TV persona, Morales is known for his 2007 movie “A President in a Sombrero” through which he performs a rustic bumpkin cowboy named Neto who almost will get elected president by chance.

One other fashionable cinema and theatre actor, Salvador del Photo voltaic, grew to become Peru’s tradition minister in 2016, earlier than being named prime minister in March 2019.

Show business and Reality TV

Italian media mogul Silvio Berlusconi, reputed for peppering his tv programmes with almost nude girls, was Italian prime minister on three events between 1994 and 2011.

Regardless of his common brushes with the legislation, the person referred to as “the immortal” for his longevity in politics led the Italian proper for greater than 20 years.

In January 2017 US actual property mogul and actuality TV star Donald Trump, whose shock election shocked the world, entered the White Home with none political, diplomatic or army expertise.

The 45th president of the US hosted the TV present “The Apprentice” between 2004 and 2015.

Music and Song

In Lithuania, musician Vytautas Landsbergis led his nation to independence from the Soviet Union and was in 1990 elected as president.

In Haiti, fashionable carnival singer Michel Martelly – recognized to the nation’s youth as “Candy Micky” – received the April 2011 presidential election with greater than 67 per cent of votes, ruling till 2016.

From sport to politics

Double Olympic gold medal epee winner in 1968 and 1972, Pal Schmitt grew to become the fourth president of democratic Hungary in 2010.

He was pressured to resign two years later after being accused of plagiarism in his doctoral thesis.

George Weah emerged from Liberia’s slums to develop into a famous person footballer within the 1990s and was elected president of the west African nation in December 2017.

The one African participant to have received the Ballon d’Or, he entered politics on the finish of the nation’s 1989-2003 civil warfare, profitable his first political job as a senator in 2014.

In August 2018 former cricket champion Imran Khan, idolised by hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis for having led the nationwide cricket crew to its solely World Cup victory in 1992, grew to become prime minister.

Nicely away from the electoral course of, Ugandan dictator Idi Amin Dada, who seized energy in 1971 in a coup, was a former heavyweight boxing champion.

Others have mixed jobs in literature and politics, like Senegal’s poet and writer Leopold Sedar Senghor, who grew to become the republic’s first president upon independence in 1960, and Vaclav Havel who in 1989 received post-communist Czechoslovakia’s first presidential election.


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