On Thu, 10 May 2018 14:40:42 -0500, David Tenner
Post by David Tenner
Notice I don't say "head of state" because it's easy to have a monarch in his
or her nineties. But how about a president or prime minister older than
Mahathir's current age (92)? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahathir_Mohamad
They called Konrad Adenauer "Der Alte" but in fact he was a youngster of 87
when he stepped down as Federal Chancellor...
I'm impressed by him even getting elected at that age. Though to be
fair both Clinton and Trump in 2016 were older than Reagan was in
1980. Still none of them was close to 90 when first elected.
One of my favorite WI scenarios is Gustav Stresemann (who was younger
than Adenauer) lasting into the 1960s. This however runs up against
the fact that only 3 Weimar era chancellors lasted more than 2 years
in office and that the first post-1919 chancellor who lasted as much
as THREE years (bearing in mind that the usual election cycle in the
English speaking world is / was 4 years) was Hitler.
Of course by the end of Hitler's third year as chancellor he was
alreay preferring the non-Weimar title of Fuehrer (which combined th
roles of chancellor and Reichspresident)