Who is Sebastian Kurz? – The man waiting to become youngest national leader in the world

Who is Sebastian Kurz? – The man waiting to become youngest national leader in the world

Who is Sebastian Kurz? – The man waiting to become youngest national leader in the world

Written by Lahiru Fernando

16 Oct, 2017 | 5:00 pm

Sebastian Kurz was first elected to Austria’s parliament in September 2013. Three months later in December, he became the country’s foreign minister at 27 years of age.

Kurz was Austria’s youngest government minister. Ever. Adding up to that, he also became the youngest Foreign Minister in the world.

Then in May 2017, Kurz was elected party leader after the resignation of former Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner.

October 2017

Austria’s conservative People’s Party, led by Sebastian Kurz won the Austrian snap general election.

Four years after being elected into Austrian Parliament for the first time, the now 31 years old ‘Wonder Kid’ Kurz is poised to become Austria’s youngest ever leader and the world’s youngest national leader.

“I’m overwhelmed, I am happy, and I look forward to working for Austria.”

Other national leaders under 40

  • Enrico Carattoni – Captain Regent of San Marino (since 2017) – 32 years
  • Kim Jong-un – Supreme Leader of North Korea (since 2011) – 34 years
  • Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani – Emir of Qatar (since 2013) – 37 years
  • Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck – King of Bhutan (since 2006) – 37 years
  • Leo Varadkar – Taoiseach of Ireland (since 2017) – 38 years
  • Saleh Ali al-Sammad- President of the Supreme Political Council of Yemen (since 2016) – 38 years
  • Jüri Ratas – Prime Minister of Estonia (since 2016) – 39 years
  • Volodymyr Groysman – Prime Minister of Ukraine (since 2016) – 39 years
  • Emmanuel Macron – President of France (since 2017) – 39 years

Who is Sebastian Kurz?

Sebastian Kurz began his political career in the Youth Wing of the People’s Party, which he chaired before moving on to serve on Vienna’s city council.

After becoming the youngest ever foreign minister in Europe, Kurz became the leader of the People’s Party in May 2017.

Kurz has gained himself a nickname – Wunderwuzzi – (Wonder Hotshot, roughly translated).

Sebastian Kurz has also been compared to world favorite young leaders like Emmanuel Macron of France and Justin Trudeau of Canada.

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