Category: People

Who is Jerry Brown? (1938 – present)

  • American politician (Democrat), currently serving (since 2011) as 39th Governor of California (previously served as California's 34th Governor (1975 - 1983)).
  • Prior political posts include Oakland Mayor (1999–2007) & Attorney General of California (2007–2011).
  • Stated goals for current term (2014 - 2018) include construction of California High-Speed Rail, tunnels to boost the state's water system, & curbing C02 emissions.
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Who is Nicholas Sarkozy? (1955 – present)

  • Politician, 23rd President of France (2007 - 2012) and leader of centre-right UMP party (since late Nov. '14).
  • Holds pole position as UMP candidate for 2016 presidential primary contest.
  • Presidency characterised by failure to meet election promises of reform, a 15% rise in public spending, a 30% rise in public debt and closer ties with the US and UK.
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Who is Bill Clinton? (1946 – present)

  • US politician (Democrat) and former US President (1993-2001) inaugurated at age 46, married to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  • Policy tone of his term attributed to a centrist Third Way of governance (synthesis of right-wing economic and left-wing social policies).
  • Acquitted on all impeachment charges in wake of Lewinsky Sex Scandal (1998), and left office with highest end-of-term approval rating of any U.S. president since WW2.
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Who is Hillary Rodham Clinton? (1947 – present)

  • US politician, former US Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady (wife of former president Bill Clinton).
  • Born in Chicago, Illinois, she is a former lawyer and graduated from Wellesley College and Yale Law School.
  • Member of Democratic party and has not yet declared her intentions vis-a-vis the 2016 presidential ballot.
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Who is François Hollande? (1954 – present)

  • French politician and longtime leader of the Socialist party who became President of France in May 2012.
  • Domestic policy highlights: Supporter of same sex marriage, labor reform, pension reform and creation of a European Credit rating agency.
  • Foreign policy highlights: Early withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan and continued close ties with Germany.
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Who is Hosni Mubarak? (1928 – present)

  • Egyptian politician and President from 1981 - 2011.
  • In Nov 2014, charges against Mubarak over the killing of 239 protesters (during the 2011 uprising against him) were dropped.
  • Currently serving 3-year sentence for embezzlement of public funds.
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Who is Klaus Iohannis? (1959 – present)

  • Romanian politician who became President in December 2014.
  • Became leader of National Liberal Party in 2014, having been as leader of Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania from 2002 to 2013.
  • Physics teacher and school inspector before entering politics.
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Who is Pope Francis? (1936 – present)

  • Reigning Pope of Catholic Church.
  • Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Noted for his humility, concern for the poor and informal approach to the Papacy.
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Who is Jean-Claude Juncker? (1954 – present)

  • Luxembourg politician (12th and current President of the European Commission).
  • Prime Minister of Luxembourg 1995 - 2013.
  • Minister for Finance - Luxembourg 1989 - 2009.
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Who is Chuck Hagel? (1946 – present)

  • US politician (Defence Secretary Feb 2013 - Nov 2014).
  • Vietnam War veteran (2 purple hearts), US Senator (Republican) from Nebraska from 1997 to 2009.
  • Removed from Defence Secretary position in Obama cabinet reshuffle.
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