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Truth be told, politics usually involves grumpy, bland old men who are frequently angry about a variety of things. Yulia Tymoshenko is then a bold, refreshing counterpoint to that stereotype.

The former Prime Minister of Ukraine and now passionate opposition leader is famed for her good looks and trademark braids, which make her look like a real-life, modern-day Princess Leia.

And no doubt she shares a few attributes with the fictional princess, possessing a rather aristocratic demeanour coupled with assertive spunk. She's probably smarter than Leia though - she has a PhD in Economics. This is no dumb blonde.

Click on the thumbnails BELOW to view images of Yulia Tymoshenko, our choice for the most beautiful leading politician in the world.

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