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Tsipras among the world's top-10 'Hottest Heads of State'

Malcolm Turnbull ranks 11th, while Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos is #196

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (L) shakes hands with the country's President Prokopis Pavlopoulos (R), Photo: AAP via EPA/Yannis Kolesidis

21 December 2017

'Hottest heads of state' is a website that does exactly what it promises: ranks those in power, judging them by their looks.

It's superficial, it's pointless, but it's also fun. The website's mission statement (of sorts) puts it very clearly: "For too long, citizens of the world have suffered under the tyranny of unattractive leaders. Some people say that this is just the way things are: Unattractive people have a death grip on the levers of power that will never be loosened. We say: Not with that attitude it won't.

By ranking the world's leaders by looks, we hope to heighten voter awareness of this problem and shame the citizens of countries with unattractive leaders into rising up and staging coups or something."

If Greeks need a reason to rise up against Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, this might not have anything to do with his looks and ranking in this list. The Greek PM easily made it to the top-10, ranking last, after Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, New Zealand's PM Jacinda Ardern, Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, who shares the fifth place with French President Emmanuel Macron, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović (the only woman in the top-10), South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Albanian PM Edi Rama and the Prime Minister of Iceland, Bjarni Benediktsson, while Malcolm Turnbull ranks 11th, right below the Greek PM.

If this list gives Greeks a reason to rejoice, it also gives them a reason to be ashamed. The President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos ranks 196th in the list, just two positions from the bottom, which is occupied by none other than World Enemy #1 Kim Jong Un.

In general, the list's top 20 spots are occupied by leaders who comply with conventional standards of attractiveness, such as King Felipe of Spain, or Dutch PM Mark Rutte, although the presence of Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus in #20 must have been the outcome of serious diplomatic pressure.

From that point downwards, it's anything goes, with Russia's Vladimir Putin rankging 25th (and followed by his alter ego, Dimitri Medvedev), Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi being in #32, UK's PM, Theresa May is in #49 and the top-50 is closing with Prince Albert of Monaco.

The rest of the list includes Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu (#52), Pope Francis (#54), Bolivia's Evo Morales (#64), Germany's Angela Merkel (#68), Spain's Mariano Rajoy (#74), Emperor Akihito of Japan (#76), Queen Elizabeth (#94), followed by Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (#95).

Cyprus' President Nikos Anastasiadis ranks in the 184th spot, lower than the US President, Donald Trump (#136), but higher than Syria's President Assad (#192).

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