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Albania Mr Rama was a charismatic mayor of Tirana before becoming prime minister
Antigua and Barbuda Baldwin Spencer's election victory ended the long-running Bird dynasty
Barbados Mr Stuart's Democratic Labour Party won a narrow victory in the 2013 parliamentary elections
Belize Prime Minister Barrow is a lawyer by profession
Bulgaria Plamen Oresharski became prime minister in the midst of a severe crisis
Cambodia Cambodia's veteran premier Hun Sen
Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper leads Canada's Conservative government
Croatia Zoran Milanovic has been a keen advocate of EU membership
Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit
East Timor Xanana Gusmao led the armed fight against Indonesian rule
Estonia Andrus Ansip is the longest-serving prime minister since independence in 1991
Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn was deputy to long-term leader Meles Zenawi
Finland Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen is a former teacher
France Jean-Marc Ayrault was elected as prime minister in May 2012
Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban
Iceland Mr Gunnlaugsson belongs to a new generation of Icelandic politicians
Iraq Iraqi premier Nouri al-Maliki
Israel Mr Netanyahu campaigned on a policy of toughness towards Palestinian militancy
Jamaica Mrs Simpson-Miller is serving her second term as prime minister
Japan Mr Abe's nationalist positions have in the past angered Japan's neighbours
Jordan Abdullah Ensour has vowed to speed up economic and political reform
Latvia Ms Straujuma trained as an economist before becoming a civil servant
Lebanon Outgoing Prime Minister Najib Mikati struggled to overcome Lebanon's sectarian tensions
Lesotho Mr Thabane heads a coalition
Malaysia Najib Abdul Razak
Mauritius Navin Ramgoolam has been PM since 2005
Moldova Prime Minister Iurie Leanca
Montenegro Mr Djukanovic has been prime minister or president of Montenegro for most of the period since 1991
Morocco Mr Benkirane insists that his party will not seek to curtail civil liberties in Morocco
Netherlands Mark Rutte won a fresh mandate in September 2012
New Zealand Mr Key's victory ended nine years of Labour rule
Niue Toke Talagi
Norway Erna Solberg heads a right-wing coalition
Papua New Guinea Peter O'Neill has acknowledged the need to crack down on corruption
Portugal Passos Coelho has the task of steering the country out of troubled economic waters
Republic of Macedonia Nikola Gruevski has family roots in the Greek region of Macedonia
Romania Victor Ponta has been accused of undermining the rule of law
Saint Kitts and Nevis Denzil Douglas is serving his fourth term
Saint Lucia Kenny Anthony also held the post of prime minister between 1997 and 2006
Samoa Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi, in office since 1998
Serbia Mr Dacic's Socialist Party is the junior partner in Serbia's coalition government
Singapore Lee Hsien Loong
Slovakia Robert Fico's party won a landslide victory in 2012
Slovenia Alenka Bratusek became prime minister in the middle of a severe economic and political crisis
Solomon Islands Mr Lilo became prime minister after his predecessor lost the support of MPs
Spain Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy came to power at a time of economic crisis
Sweden Fredrik Reinfeldt is in his second term of office
Thailand Thailand enjoyed a period of relative stability for the first two years of Ms Yingluck's premiership
The Bahamas Perry Christie, left, is serving his second, non-consecutive term as premier
Tonga Lord Tu'ivakano is a former speaker of Parliament
Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the nation's first female prime minister
Turkey Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Ukraine Mykola Azarov resigned at a time of unrest
United Kingdom David Cameron heads a coalition government
Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is into his second term


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