The World’s Leaders: A List – B

Cos I’m a nerd, I’ve decided to compile all the current and living former world leaders – both the heads of state and the heads of government.

As the list is naturally pretty volatile, it’ll be updated annually.

These are the leaders of the countries starting with B.

See The World’s Leaders: A List – A for the first part.

[Edit 7 Jan 2022: Barbados has transitioned from a monarchy to a republic, with the offices of queen and governor-general replaced by that of president. I’ve also added Belarus’ living former chairmen of the Supreme Soviet, whom I missed when I first made this list. Bulgaria has had a change of prime minister, with Kiril Petkov succeeding Stefan Yanev. Burkina Faso has also had a change of prime minister, with Lassina Zerbo succeeding Christophe Joseph Marie Dabiré.]

THE BAHAMAS

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas’ current state leaders are Queen Elizabeth II (born 1926), who assumed the throne on 10 July 1973; Governor-General Sir Cornelius A. Smith (born 1937), who assumed office on 28 June 2019; and Prime Minister Philip Davis (born 1951), who assumed office on 17 September 2021.

Elizabeth II

Sir Cornelius A. Smith

Philip Davis

Living are former Governors-General Sir Orville Turnquest (born 1929), who held office from 3 January 1995 until 13 November 2001; Dame Ivy Dumont (born 1930), who held office from 13 November 2001 until 30 November 2005; Sir Arthur Foulkes (born 1928), who held office from 14 April 2010 until 7 July 2014; and Dame Marguerite Pindling (born 1932), who held office from 8 July 2014 until 28 June 2014.

Sir Orville Turnquest

Dame Ivy Dumont

Sir Arthur Foulkes

Dame Marguerite Pindling

Also living are former Prime Ministers Hubert Ingraham (born 1947), who held office from 21 August 1992 until 3 May 2002, and again from 4 May 2007 until 8 May 2012; Perry Christie (born 1943), who held office from 3 May 2002 until 4 May 2005, and again from 6 June 2005 until 4 May 2007, and again from 8 May 2012 until 11 May 2017; Cynthia A. Pratt (born 1945), who held office in an acting capacity from 4 May 2005 until 6 June 2005; and Hubert Minnis (born 1954), who held office from 11 May 2017 until 17 September 2021.

Hubert Ingraham

Perry Christie

Cynthia A. Pratt

Hubert Minnis

BAHRAIN

The Kingdom of Bahrain’s current state leaders are King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (born 1950), who assumed the throne on 6 March 1999 (as Emir; title changed to King on 14 February 2002); and Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa (born 1969), who assumed office on 11 November 2020.

Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa

BANGLADESH

The People’s Republic of Bangladesh’s current state leaders are President Abdul Hamid (born 1944), who assumed office on 14 March 2003; and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (born 1947), who assumed office on 6 January 2009 (and previously held office from 23 June 1996 until 15 July 2001).

Abdul Hamid

Sheikh Hasina

Living are former Presidents Shahabuddin Ahmed (born 1930), who held office in an acting capacity from 6 December 1990 until 10 October 1991, and in an official capacity from 9 October 1996 until 14 November 2001; A. Q. M. Badruddoza Chowdhury (born 1932), who held office from 14 November 2001 until 21 June 2002; and Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar (born 1931), who held office in an acting capacity from 21 June 2002 until 6 September 2002.

Shahabuddin Ahmed

A. Q. M. Badruddoza Chowdhury

Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar

Also living are former Prime Ministers Khaleda Zia (born 1945), who held office from 20 March 1991 until 30 March 1996, and again from 10 October 2001 until 29 October 2006; Fazlul Haque (born 1937), who held office in an acting capacity from 11 January 2007 until 12 January 2007; and Fakhruddin Ahmed (born 1940), who held office in an acting capacity from 12 January 2007 until 6 January 2009.

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Khaleda Zia
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Fakhruddin Ahmed

BARBADOS

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Barbados’ current state leaders are President Dame Sandra Mason (born 1949), who assumed office on 30 November 2021; and Prime Minister Mia Mottley (born 1965), who assumed office on 25 May 2018.

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Dame Sandra Mason
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Mia Mottley

Living is former Queen Elizabeth II (born 1926), who reigned from 30 November 1966 until 30 November 2021.

Elizabeth II

Also living are former Governors-General Sir Elliott Belgrave (born 1931), who held office in an acting capacity from 1 November 2011 until 30 May 2012, and in an official capacity from 1 June 2012 until 30 June 2017; Dame Sandra Mason (born 1949), who held office in an acting capacity from 30 May 2012 until 1 June 2012, and in an official capacity from 8 January 2018 until 30 November 2021; and Sir Philip Greaves (born 1931), who held office in an acting capacity from 1 July 2017 until 8 January 2018.

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Sir Elliott Belgrave
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Dame Sandra Mason
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Sir Philip Greaves

Also living are former Prime Ministers Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford (born 1937), who held office from 1 June 1987 until 6 September 1994; and Freundel Stuart (born 1951), who held office from 23 October 2010 until 25 May 2018.

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Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford
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Freundel Stuart

BELARUS

The Republic of Belarus’ current state leaders are President Alexander Lukashenko (born 1954), who assumed office on 20 July 1994; and Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko (born 1973), who assumed office on 4 June 2020.

Alexander Lukashenko

Roman Golovchenko

Living are former Chairmen of the Supreme Soviet Stanislav Shushkevich (born 1934), who held office from 25 August 1991 until 26 January 1994; Vyacheslav Nikolayevich Kyznetsov (born 1947), who held office in an acting capacity from 26 January 1994 until 28 January 1994; and Myechyslaw Hryb (born 1938), who held office from 28 January 1994 until 20 July 1994.

Stanislav Shushkevich

Myechyslaw Hryb

Also living are former Prime Ministers Mikhail Chigir (born 1948), who held office from 21 July 1994 until 18 November 1996; Sergey Ling (born 1937), who held office from 11 November 1996 until 18 February 2000; Vladimir Yermoshin (born 1942), who held office from 18 February 2000 until 1 October 2001; Gennady Novitsky (born 1949), who held office from 1 October 2001 until 11 July 2004; Sergei Sidorsky (born 1954), who held office from 11 July 2004 until 28 December 2010; Mikhail Myasnikovich (born 1950), who held office from 28 December 2010 until 27 December 2014; Andrei Kobyakov (born 1960), who held office from 27 December 2014 until 18 August 2018; and Syarhey Rumas (born 1969), who held office from 18 August 2018 until 3 June 2020.

Mikhail Chigir

Sergey Ling

Vladimir Yermoshin

Gennady Novitsky

Sergei Sidorsky

Mikhail Myasnikovich

Andrei Kobyakov

Syarhey Rumas

BELGIUM

The Kingdom of Belgium’s current state leaders are King Philippe (born 1960), who assumed the throne on 21 July 2013; and Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (born 1975), who assumed office on 1 October 2020.

Philippe

Alexander De Croo

Living is former King Albert II (born 1934), who reigned from 9 August 1993 until 21 July 2013.

Albert II

Also living are former Prime Ministers Mark Eyskens (born 1933), who held office from 6 April 1981 until 17 December 1981; Guy Verhofstadt (born 1953), who held office from 12 July 1999 until 20 March 2008; Yves Leterme (born 1960), who held office from 20 March 2008 until 30 December 2008, and again from 25 November 2009 until 6 December 2011; Herman Van Rompuy, Count Van Rompuy (born 1947), who held office from 30 December 2008 until 25 November 2009; Elio Di Rupo (born 1951), who held office from 6 December 2011 until 11 October 2014; Charles Michel (born 1975), who held office from 11 October 2014 until 27 October 2019; and Sophie Wilmès (born 1975), who held office from 27 October 2019 until 1 October 2020.

Mark Eyskens

Guy Verhofstadt

Yves Leterme

Count Van Rompuy

Elio Di Rupo

Charles Michel

Sophie Wilmès

BELIZE

Flag of Belize

Belize’s current state leaders are Queen Elizabeth II (born 1926), who assumed the throne on 21 September 1981; Governor-General Froyla Tzalam, who assumed office on 27 May 2021; and Prime Minister Johnny Briceño (born 1960), who assumed office on 12 November 2020.

Elizabeth II

Froyla Tzalam

Johnny Briceño

Living are former Governors-General Sir Colville Young (born 1932), who held office from 27 November 1993 until 30 April 2021; and Stuart Leslie, who held office in an acting capacity from 1 May 2021 until 27 May 2021.

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Sir Colville Young

Also living are former Prime Ministers Sir Manuel Esquivel (born 1940), who held office from 17 December 1984 until 7 September 1989, and again from 3 July 1993 until 30 August 1998; Said Musa (born 1944), who held office from 28 August 1998 until 8 February 2008; and Dean Barrow (born 1951), who held office from 8 February 2008 until 12 November 2020.

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Sir Manuel Esquivel
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Said Musa
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Dean Barrow

BENIN

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The Republic of Benin’s current state leader is President Patrice Talon (born 1958), who assumed office on 6 April 2016.

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Patrice Talon

Living are former Presidents Nicéphore Soglo (born 1934), who held office from 4 April 1991 until 4 April 1996; and Thomas Boni Yayi (born 1951), who held office from 6 April 2006 until 6 April 2016.

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Nicéphore Soglo
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Thomas Boni Yayi

Also living are former Prime Ministers Nicéphore Soglo (born 1934), who held office in an acting capacity from 12 March 1990 until 4 April 1991; Adrien Houngbédji (born 1942), who held office from 9 April 1996 until 14 May 1998; Pascal Koupaki (born 1951), who held office from 28 May 2011 until 11 August 2013; and Lionel Zinsou (born 1953), who held office from 18 June 2015 until 6 April 2016.

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Nicéphore Soglo
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Adrien Houngbédji
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Pascal Koupaki
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Lionel Zinsou

BHUTAN

The Kingdom on Bhutan’s current state leaders are King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (born 1980), who assumed the throne on 9 December 2006; and Prime Minister Lotay Tshering (born 1969), who assumed office on 7 November 2018.

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Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
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Lotay Tshering

Living is former King Jigme Singye Wangchuck (born 1955), who reigned from 24 July 1972 until 9 December 2006.

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Jigme Singye Wangchuck

Also living are former Prime Ministers Jigme Thinley (born 1952), who held office from 20 July 1998 until 9 July 1999, and again from 30 August 2003 until 18 August 2004, and again from 9 April 2008 until 28 April 2013; Sangay Ngedup (born 1953), who held office from 9 July 1999 until 20 July 2000, and again from 5 September 2005 until 7 September 2006; Yeshey Zimba (born 1952), who held office from 20 July 2000 until 8 August 2001, and again from 20 August 2004 until 4 September 2005; Khandu Wangchuk (born 1950), who held office from 8 August 2001 until 14 August 2002, and again from 7 September 2006 until 2 August 2007; Kinzang Dorji (born 1951), who held office from 14 August 2002 until 30 August 2003, and again from 3 August 2007 until 9 April 2008; and Tshering Tobgay (born 1965), who held office from 27 July 2013 until 9 August 2018.

Jigme Thinley

Sangay Ngedup

Yeshey Zimba

Khandu Wangchuk

Kinzang Dorji

Tshering Tobgay

Also living are former Chief Advisors Sonam Tobgye (born 1949), who held office from 28 April 2013 until 27 July 2013; and Tshering Wangchuk, who held office from 9 August 2018 until 7 November 2018.

Sonam Tobgye

Tshering Wangchuk

BOLIVIA

The Plurinational State of Bolivia’s current state leader is President Luis Arce (born 1963), who assumed office on 8 November 2020.

Luis Arce

Living are former Presidents Guido Vildoso (born 1937), who held office from 21 July 1982 until 10 October 1982; Jaime Paz Zamora (born 1939), who held office from 6 August 1989 until 6 August 1993; Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada (born 1930), who held office from 6 August 1993 until 6 August 1997, and again from 6 August 2002 until 17 October 2003; Jorge Quiroga (born 1960), who held office from 1 July 2001 until 6 August 2002; Carlos Mesa (born 1953), who held office from 17 October 2003 until 9 June 2005; Evo Morales (born 1959), who held office from 22 January 2006 until 10 November 2019; and Jeanine Áñez (born 1967), who held office in an interim capacity from 12 November 2019 until 8 November 2020.

Guido Vildoso

Jaime Paz Zamora

Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada

Jorge Quiroga

Carlos Mesa

Evo Morales

Jeanine Áñez

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s current state leaders are High Representative Christian Schmidt (born 1957), who assumed office on 1 August 2021; Chairman and Croat Member of the Presidency Željko Komšić (born 1964), who assumed office on 20 November 2018 (as Member, previously holding that office from 6 November 2006 until 17 November 2014) and 20 July 2021 (as Chairman, previously holding that office from 6 July 2007 until 6 March 2008, and again from 6 July 2009 until 6 March 2010, and again from 10 July 2011 until 10 March 2012, and again from 10 July 2013 until 10 March 2014, and again from 20 July 2019 until 20 March 2020); Bosniak Member of the Presidency Šefik Džaferović (born 1957) and Serb Member of the Presidency Milorad Dodik (born 1959), who both assumed office on 20 November 2018; and Chairman of the Council of Ministers Zoran Tegeltija (born 1961), who assumed office on 23 December 2019.

Christian Schmidt

Željko Komšić

Šefik Džaferović

Milorad Dodik

Zoran Tegeltija

Living are former High Representatives Carl Bildt (born 1949), who held office from 14 December 1995 until 17 June 1997; Carlos Westendorp (born 1937), who held office from 18 June 1997 until 17 August 1999; Wolfgang Petritsch (born 1947), who held office from 18 August 1999 until 26 May 2002; Christian Schwarz-Schilling (born 1930), who held office from 1 February 2006 until 30 June 2007; Miroslav Lajčák (born 1963), who held office from 1 July 2007 until 28 February 2009; and Valentin Inzko (born 1949), who held office from 1 March 2009 until 31 July 2021.

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Carl Bildt
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Carlos Westendorp
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Wolfgang Petritsch
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Christian Schwarz-Schilling
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Miroslav Lajčák

Valentin Inzko

Living are former Chairmen of the Presidency Ante Jelavić (born 1963), who held office from 15 June 1999 until 14 February 2000; Beriz Belkić (born 1946), who held office from 14 February 2002 until 28 October 2002; Mirko Šarović (born 1956), who held office from 28 October 2002 until 2 April 2003; Dragan Čović (born 1956), who held office from 2 April 2003 until 10 April 2003, and again from 27 June 2003 until 28 February 2004, and again from 17 July 2015 until 17 March 2017, and again from 27 July 2017 until 17 March 2018; Borislav Paravac (born 1943), who held office from 10 April 2003 until 27 June 2003, and again from 28 October 2004 until 28 June 2005; Ivo Miro Jović (born 1950), who held office from 28 June 2005 until 28 February 2006; Nebojša Radmanović (born 1949), who held office from 6 November 2006 until 6 July 2007, and again from 6 November 2008 until 6 July 2009, and again from 10 November 2010 until 10 July 2011, and again from 10 November 2012 until 10 July 2013; Haris Silajdžić (born 1945), who held office from 6 March 2008 until 6 November 2008, and again from 6 March 2010 until 10 November 2010; Bakir Izetbegović (born 1956), who held office from 10 March 2012 until 10 November 2012, and again from 10 March 2014 until 7 November 2014, and again from 17 March 2016 until 17 September 2016, and again from 17 March 2018 until 20 November 2018; Mladen Ivanić (born 1958), who held office from 17 November 2014 until 17 July 2015, and again from 17 November 2016 until 17 July 2017; Milorad Dodik (born 1959), who held office from 20 November 2018 until 20 July 2019, and again from 20 November 2020 until 20 July 2021; and Šefik Džaferović (born 1957), who held office from 20 March 2020 until 20 November 2020.

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Ante Jelavić
Beriz Belkić - Alchetron, The Free Social Encyclopedia
Beriz Belkić
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Mirko Šarović
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Dragan Čović
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Borislav Paravac
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Ivo Miro Jović

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Nebojša Radmanović
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Željko Komšić
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Haris Silajdžić
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Bakir Izetbegović
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Mladen Ivanić

Milorad Dodik

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Šefik Džaferović

Also living are former Croat Members of the Presidency Krešimir Zubak (born 1947), who held office from 5 October 1996 until 15 November 1998; Ante Jelavić (born 1963), who held office from 13 October 1998 until 7 March 2001; Dragan Čović (born 1956), who held office from 5 October 2002 until 9 May 2005, and again from 17 November 2014 until 20 November 2018; and Ivo Miro Jović (born 1950), who held office from 9 May 2005 until 6 November 2006.

Krešimir Zubak

Ante Jelavić

Dragan Čović

Ivo Miro Jović

Also living are former Bosniak Members of the Presidency Halid Genjac (born 1958), who held office from 14 October 2000 until 30 March 2001; Beriz Belkić (born 1946), who held office from 30 March 2001 until 28 October 2002; Haris Silajdžić (born 1945), who held office from 6 November 2006 until 10 November 2010; and Bakir Izetbegović (born 1956), who held office from 10 November 2010 until 20 November 2018.

Halid Genjac

Beriz Belkić

Haris Silajdžić

Bakir Izetbegović

Also living are former Serb Members of the Presidency Mirko Šarović (born 1956), who held office from 28 October 2002 until 3 April 2003; Borislav Paravec (born 1943), who held office from 10 April 2003 until 6 November 2006; Nebojša Radmanović (born 1949), who held office from 6 November 2006 until 17 November 2014; and Mladen Ivanić (born 1958), who held office from 17 November 2014 until 20 November 2018.

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Mirko Šarović
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Borislav Paravac
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Nebojša Radmanović
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Mladen Ivanić

Also living are former Chairmen of the Council of Ministers Mile Akmadžić (born 1939), who held office from 9 November 1992 until 25 October 1994; Haris Silajdžić (born 1945), who held office from 25 October 1993 until 30 January 1996, and again from 3 January 1997 until 6 June 2000; Boro Bosić (born 1950), who held office from 3 January 1997 until 3 February 1999; Svetozar Mihajlović (born 1949), who held office from 3 February 1999 until 6 June 2000; Spasoje Tuševljak (born 1952), who held office from 6 June 2000 until 18 October 2000; Martin Raguž (born 1958), who held office from 18 October 2000 until 21 February 2001; Zlatko Lagumdžija (born 1955), who held office from 18 July 2001 until 15 March 2002; Dragan Mikerević (born 1955), who held office from 15 March 2002 until 23 December 2002; Adnan Terzić (born 1960), who held office from 23 December 2002 until 11 January 2007; Nikola Špirić (born 1956), who held office from 11 January 2007 until 12 January 2012; Vjekoslav Bevanda (born 1956), who held office from 12 January 2012 until 31 March 2015; and Denis Zvizdić (born 1964), who held office from 31 March 2015 until 23 December 2019.

Mile Akmadžić

Haris Silajdžić

Boro Bosić

Svetozar Mihajlović

Spasoje Tuševljak

Martin Raguž

Zlatko Lagumdžija

Dragan Mikerević

Adnan Terzić

Nikola Špirić

Vjekoslav Bevanda

Denis Zvizdić

BOTSWANA

The Republic of Botswana’s current state leader is President Mokgweetsi Masisi (born 1962), who assumed office on 1 April 2018.

Mokgweetsi Masisi

Living are former Presidents Festus Mogae (born 1939), who held office from 1 April 1998 until 1 April 2008; and Ian Khama (born 1953), who held office from 1 April 2008 until 1 April 2018.

Festus Mogae

Ian Khama

BRAZIL

The Federative Republic of Brazil’s current state leader is President Jair Bolsonaro (born 1955), who assumed office on 1 January 2019.

Jair Bolsonaro

Living are former Presidents José Sarney (born 1930), who held office from 15 March 1985 until 14 March 1990; Fernando Collor de Mello (born 1949), who held office from 15 March 1990 until 29 December 1992; Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1931), who held office from 1 January 1995 until 31 December 2002; Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (born 1945), who held office from 1 January 2003 until 31 December 2010; Dilma Rousseff (born 1947), who held office from 1 January 2011 until 31 August 2016; and Michel Temer (born 1940), who held office from 31 August 2016 until 31 December 2018.

José Sarney

Fernando Collor de Mello

Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Dilma Rousseff

Michel Temer

BRUNEI

The Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace’s current state leader is Sultan and Prime Minister Hassanal Bolkiah (born 1946), who assumed the throne on 5 October 1967 and the prime ministership on 1 January 1984.

Hassanal Bolkiah

BULGARIA

The Republic of Bulgaria’s current state leaders are President Rumen Radev (born 1963), who assumed office on 22 January 2017; and Prime Minister Kiril Petkov (born 1980), who assumed office on 13 December 2021.

Rumen Radev

Kiril Petkov

Living is former King Simeon II (born 1937), who reigned from 28 August 1943 until 15 September 1946.

Simeon II

Also living are former Presidents Petar Stoyanov (born 1952), who held office from 22 January 1997 until 22 January 2002; Georgi Parvanov (born 1957), who held office from 22 January 2002 until 22 January 2012; and Rosen Plevneliev (born 1964), who held office from 22 January 2012 until 22 January 2017.

Petar Stoyanov

Georgi Parvanov

Rosen Plevneliev

Also living are former Prime Ministers Georgi Atanasov (born 1933), who held office from 21 March 1986 until 3 February 1990; Philip Dimitrov (born 1955), who held office from 8 November 1991 until 29 December 1992; Reneta Indzhova (born 1953), who held office from 17 October 1994 until 25 January 1995; Zhan Videnov (born 1959), who held office from 25 January 1995 until 13 February 1997; Stefan Sofiyanski (born 1951), who held office from 13 February 1997 until 21 May 1997; Ivan Kostov (born 1949), who held office from 21 May 1997 until 24 July 2001; Simeon von Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (born 1937), who held office from 24 July 2001 until 17 August 2005; Sergey Stanishev (born 1966), who held office from 17 August 2005 until 27 July 2009; Boyko Borisov (born 1959), who held office from 27 July 2009 until 13 March 2013, and again from 7 November 2014 until 27 January 2017, and again from 4 May 2017 until 12 May 2021; Marin Raykov (born 1960), who held office from 13 March 2013 until 29 May 2013; Plamen Oresharski (born 1960), who held office from 29 May 2013 until 6 August 2014; Georgi Bliznashki (born 1956), who held office from 6 August 2014 until 7 November 2014; Ognyan Gerdzhikov (born 1946), who held office from 27 January 2017 until 4 May 2017; and Stefan Yanev (born 1960), who held office from 12 May 2021 until 13 December 2021.

Philip Dimitrov

Reneta Indzhova

Zhan Videnov

Stefan Sofiyanski

Ivan Kostov

Simeon von Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

Sergey Stanishev

Boyko Borisov

Marin Raykov

Plamen Oresharski

Georgi Bliznashki

Ognyan Gerdzhikov

Stefan Yanev

BURKINA FASO

Burkina Faso’s current state leaders are President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré (born 1957), who assumed office on 29 September 2015; and Prime Minister Lassina Zerbo (born 1963), who assumed office on 10 December 2021.

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré

Lassina Zerbo

Living are former Presidents Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo (born 1942), who held office from 9 November 1982 until 4 August 1983 (when the country was called Upper Volta); Blaise Compaoré (born 1951), who held office from 15 October 1987 until 31 October 2014; Yacouba Isaac Zida (born 1965), who held office in a transitional capacity from 1 November 2014 until 18 November 2014; Michel Kafando (born 1942), who held office in a transitional capacity from 18 November 2014 until 17 September 2015, and again from 23 September 2015 until 29 December 2015; and Chérif Sy (born 1960), who held office in an acting capacity from 17 September 2015 until 23 September 2015.

Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo

Blaise Compaoré

Yacouba Isaac Zida

Michel Kafando

Chérif Sy

Also living are former Prime Ministers Roch Marc Christian Kaboré (born 1957), who held office from 22 March 1994 until 6 February 1996; Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo (born 1953), who held office from 6 February 1996 until 7 November 2000; Paramanga Ernest Yonli (born 1956), who held office from 6 November 2000 until 3 June 2007; Tertius Zongo (born 1957), who held office from 11 June 2007 until 18 April 2011; Luc-Adolphe Tiao (born 1954), who held office from 18 April 2011 until 30 October 2014; Yacouba Isaac Zida (born 1965), who held office from 19 November 2014 until 17 September 2015, and again from 23 September 2015 until 29 December 2015; Paul Kaba Thieba (born 1960), who held office from 6 January 2016 until 19 January 2019; and Christophe Joseph Marie Dabiré (born 1948), who held office from 24 January 2019 until 9 December 2021.

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré

Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo

Paramanga Ernest Yonli

Tertius Zongo

Luc-Adolphe Tiao

Yacouba Isaac Zida

Paul Kaba Thieba

Christophe Joseph Marie Dabiré

BURUNDI

The Republic of Burundi’s current state leaders are President Évariste Ndayishimiye (born 1968), who held assumed office on 18 June 2020; and Prime Minister Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni (born 1972), who assumed office on 23 June 2020.

Évariste Ndayishimiye

Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni

Living are former Presidents François Ngeze (born 1953), who held office in an acting capacity from 21 October 1993 until 27 October 1993; Sylvie Kinigi (born 1953), who held office in an acting capacity from 27 October 1993 until 5 February 1994; Sylvestre Ntibantunganya (born 1956), who held office from 6 April 1994 until 25 July 1996; and Domitien Ndayizeye (born 1951), who held office from 30 April 2003 until 26 August 2005.

François Ngeze

Sylvie Kinigi

Sylvestre Ntibantunganya

Domitien Ndayizeye

Also living are former Prime Ministers Pié Masumbuko (born 1931), who held office in an acting capacity from 15 January 1965 until 26 January 1965; Adrien Sibomana (born 1953), who held office from 19 October 1988 until 10 July 1993; Sylvie Kinigi (born 1953), who held office from 10 July 1993 until 7 February 1994; Anatole Kanyenkiko (born 1952), who held office from 7 February 1994 until 22 February 1995; Antoine Nduwayo (born 1942), who held office from 22 February 1995 until 31 July 1996; and Pascal-Firmin Ndimira (born 1956), who held office from 31 July 1996 until 12 June 1998.

Pié Masumbuko

Adrien Sibomana

Sylvie Kinigi

Anatole Kanyenkiko

Antoine Nduwayo

Pascal-Firmin Ndimira

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