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A graphic of the world's youngest leaders
Luisa Vieira

There’s already chatter about who will run for US president in 2024, with plenty of speculation that two of the main contenders will be men born in the immediate boom after the Great Depression. So the question must be asked: is the US run by older people? President Joe Biden will next month become an octogenarian, while the median age of senators and house members has risen to 64.8 and 58.9 respectively. Meanwhile, the median age of the American population is way younger at 38.5. Is this generational gap unique to the US? We explore the ages of the world’s youngest leaders – some elected, some not so much – compared to the median age of their populations.

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