Politics is often viewed as aging men with balding head and protruding stomachs arguing over matters that are hardly ever resolved. This is hardly the scenario we are facing now. The younger generation are taking concerning matters of their respective countries in their own hands.
They are snubbed by many as they are accused of being inexperienced, but that does not stop them from speaking up and making a difference. There are many organisations and communities, such as 1) “Young Elected Officials Network” and 2) “Young Global Leaders Forum”.
Let’s look at 5 youngest political leaders around the world who have participated in office.
Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Canada ( age 25)
He is a Canadian politician born on May 31, 1991. Pierre was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the year 2011 at the age of 19, making him the youngest Member of Parliament in the country’s history. By the age of 23, he has accomplished more than expected of him in his short time in office; he has served twice as the chair of the Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics committee. He attended Sherbrooke General and Vocational College where he received a diploma in social studies and was studying applied politics. Studying at the university helped him launch his political career.
Wyatt Beau Roy, Australia(age 27)
Wyatt is a former Australian parliamentarian, who was born on 22 May 1990. He abetted as the Assistant Minister for Innovation from September 2015 to the July 2016 federal election. He was a member of the Australian House of Representatives, Liberal National Party of Queensland (LNP) from August 2010 to July 2016, on behalf of the electorate of Longman. At the age 20, he was the youngest person ever to be elected in the history of Australian parliament.
After hearing complaints from people about the state of affairs, Wyatt completed his political studies and entered politics to help his people and make a difference. He faced many criticisms, but shrugged them off and went ahead without losing focus to achieve his political goals and help his community.
Alex B. Morse, USA (age 28)
Democrat Alex B. Morse was first elected in 2011 at only 22 years old and he was then elected to a second term in 2013, making him the youngest mayor to be elected city of Holyoke, Massachusetts. He is openly homosexual and has campaigned for LGBT rights from his high school days. He chaired at the first flag raising ceremony in the city during gay pride month in 2012. His main concern was economic development and Morse has implemented tax incentive program to help bring new business into the city and help struggling businesses. He managed to do all this in this first year as a mayor.
Anton Amade Abele, Sweden, (age 25)
Anton Amadé Abele was born on January 10, 1992. He is a Swedish activist, debater and politician. He was a Member of Parliament for Stockholm County, replacing former Sports and Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, from the 2010 general election to the 2014 general election. At the age of 18, he is the youngest in Sweden person to become a Member of Parliament. He was awarded a human rights award at the MTV Europe Music Awards and eventually was elected to run as an MP for the Moderate Party.
He entered the political scene as an anti-violence activist following the death of 16-year-old boy called Riccardo Campogiani, who was brutally beaten to death in October 2007 at a party in Stockholm. This led Abele to form a Facebook group called “Save us from street violence”.
Proscovia Alengot Oromait, Uganda (age 24)
Proscovia Alengot Oromait is a Ugandan university student and politician. She was born on 1 January 1993 and served as the elected member of parliament (MP) for Usuk County, from 2011 to 2016. At a tender age of 19, she became the youngest Member of Parliament in Uganda, and on the African continent. Uganda has a very large youth population, with approximately 50% of the country under 15 and about 78% of the population under 30. Hopefully many youths will be inspired by and follow her footsteps.
Proscovia Oromait has filled her late father’s seat in parliament and has focused on issues such as health policy, environment, education and gender issues while being a Member of the Parliament.