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Saturday 10 December 2016

Enda Kenny finds himself frozen out on list of hottest leaders

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Bhutan's fifth King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk

If beauty is power than Enda Kenny has a lot to be worried about.

The Taoiseach came in at number 71 in a ranking of the 200 'Hottest Heads of State'.

But it's not all bad news for the Mayo man, who is officially sexier than suave Frenchman Francois Hollande, the Queen of England and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Enda ranks in between Romanian president Klaus Iohannis (56) and Portuguese president Anibal Cavaco Silva (76).

The Department of the Taoiseach refused to comment on Kenny's ranking when contacted by the Herald. "We won't be saying anything, to be honest," a spokesperson said.

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (35, inset), the young King of Bhutan, was top of the list.

Tyranny

Russian leader, Vladimir Putin (62) came in at number 32 on the list.

The 'Hottest Heads of State' list was composed by JD & Kate Industries, who describe the list as a "scientific" and "unbiased" ranking of world leaders based on their "hotness."

"For too long, citizens of the world have suffered under the tyranny of unattractive leaders," the website states.

"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.

"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," they said.

British Prime Minister, David Cameron (48), placed 52, while Queen Elizabeth came in at 87. Not too bad, given she's almost 90 years old.

Vatican State leader, Pope Francis (78) ranked 125 - beating our own President Michael D Higgins (74) who, at 166, is definitely not the "poster boy of politics".

Angela Merkel was listed at number 92, while Prince Albert of Monaco came 67th. Kim Jong Un dictator - and champion of the undercut hairdo - came last - ranking 199 on the list.

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