Show Politics April 5, 2011
From Pop Star to President

Well, this could be a fresh start for Haiti. The country's next president is officially Michel Martelly, a popular singer in Haiti who decided to run for office. Martelly won a runoff vote, with 68 per cent of the votes.

In Haiti, he's known as "Sweet Micky." His run to the top is an incredible story. When he first decided to run, he had trouble finding a party and was given no chance to win. But Haiti is a place that is plagued by poverty and corruption, so Martelly's position as a political "outsider" made him more and more popular as the campaign went on. Now, the real test begins: can he bring the kind of meaningful change he's promised.

Of course, it's not that unusual for celebrities to become politicians. There's Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Franken and more that you might not remember.

1 - Jesse (The Body) Ventura: a former professional wrestler, Ventura spent one term as the governor of Minnesota.
2 - Clint Eastwood: served as mayor of Carmel, California for two years. The town's 1986 mayoral elections drew twice the normal voter turnout.
3 - Ilona Staller: A porn star who performed under the name 'Cicciolina.' Staller was elected to the Italian parliament as a member of the Radical Party and the Party of Love. She served in office from 1987-1992.
4 - Pele: Brazilian soccer legend became the country's minister for sport from 1995 to 1998.
5 - Howie Meeker: before his legendary career as a hockey commentator, Meeker spent three years as a Conservative MP while playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
6 - Jerry Springer: the king of TV shock talk had a stint as mayor of Cincinnati.
7 - Fred Grandy played 'Gopher' on the Love Boat. He was a Republican congressman from 1987 to 1995.
8 - Otto Jelinek: became a Canadian cabinet minister after winning the World Pairs championship with his sister, Maria. He served as minister of state for fitness and amateur sport from 1984 to 1988.
9 - Sonny Bono: after Sonny & Cher, Bono served four years as mayor of Palm Springs, California and was elected to Congress as a Republican in 1994. He died in 1998.
10 - Joseph Estrada: huge movie star in the Philippines for more than 30 years. He became president there in the late 90s, but was ousted on corruption charges. Critics accused him of running the Philippines "like a gangland boss."



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