Who are the shortest rulers in history?

Dec 2009
Preferably little people, but short regular men and women will do, too.
Who is the shortest world leader?
by Jon Henley, The Guardian, Tuesday 4 March 2008

... at 162cm, or a shade over 5ft 3in, Kim Jong-il, supreme commander of the Korean People's Army ...
... Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France, who stands 168cm, or just over 5ft 5in tall...
... Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev as president of Russia ... measures 162cm ...
... The shortest world leader on record was Benito Juarez ... at 4ft 6in ...
... Engelbert Dollfuss, Austrian chancellor ... 4ft 11in ...
... David Ben-Gurion, first prime minister of Israel, was 5ft, as was Deng Xiaoping, de facto leader of China throughout the 1980s.
Yasser Arafat was 5ft 2in, Nikita Kruschev 5ft 3in, and Haile Selassie 5ft 4in
Read More: Who is the shortest world leader? | World news | The Guardian .


Forum Staff
Oct 2009
On the topic of fetus rulers - Emperor Shapur the First of Sassanid Persia was hailed as such while his mother was pregnant with him; a crown was placed on her belly during the coronation ceremony.
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