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DUP poot down After Edwin Poots' 21 days as DUP chief we look at other short-lived political leaderships

While his leadership only lasted three weeks, Poots still managed to outlast other notable politicians

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Edwin Poots has faced political oblivion only a month after achieving his career ambition – to lead the party his late father Charlie helped found (Mark Marlow/PA)

Edwin Poots has faced political oblivion only a month after achieving his career ambition – to lead the party his late father Charlie helped found (Mark Marlow/PA)

Edwin Poots has faced political oblivion only a month after achieving his career ambition – to lead the party his late father Charlie helped found (Mark Marlow/PA)

Edwin Poots' leadership of the DUP, lasting only 21 days, has rocked the party to its foundations, and took even some of the most experienced political pundits by surprise.

Throughout history however, there have been several instances of political leaders who have not made it past a month.

Needless to say, social media in the last few days has been awash with memes and quips poking fun at the three weeks Poots managed to hold onto his job before a tsunami of turmoil from within the party engulfed him, forcing him to quit yesterday.

SundayWorld.com has previously reported on Poots’ ultra-religious beliefs, and on how the influence his faith has had on his opinions has landed him in hot water in the past.

Now we take a look at some of the politicians who have come and gone in the blink of an eye.

Across the pond, Heather Anderson was sworn in as an MEP for the Scottish National Party just before the United Kingdom left the European Union.

This meant her tenure as a Member of the European Parliament lasted just four days.

In 2001, Argentina went through a whopping five Presidents in just over a week. During the crisis, known as the Argentinazo, civil unrest and rioting rocked the country as the people revolted against the government.

In the midst of the political chaos five government officials assumed the Argentinian presidency in just 10 days.

Last year in Germany, Thomas Kemmerich was elected as the president of Thuringia state in the country. His election was controversial, with allegations he accepted votes from a far right party to help him into the job. He lasted only 28 days, becoming the shortest serving head of any state government in Germany.

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In Mexico, Pedro Lascurain, became president of the country for less than one hour in 1913. He filled the gap between Francisco Madero being overthrown during a coup and the instalment of a new leader, Victoriano Huerta.

During Donald Trump's scandal-ridden tenure in the White House, he installed as communications director Anthony 'The Mooch' Scaramucci.

On July 21, 2017, Scaramucci took up the role, but lasted only days after launching a verbal attack on members of the Trump administration in an interview with The New Yorker.

He later claimed the comments were made off the record. Just 10 days into his new job he was torpedoed by the White House chief of staff John F Kelly, after Trump, notoriously thin-skinned when it comes to criticism, gave the instruction to have him removed.

Famously, in Italy, Amintore Fanfani managed not one, but two ridiculously short spells in office. In 1954 he became Prime Minister for just 12 days before his cabinet was rejected by the Chamber of Deputies.

Then in 1987, having already served as Prime Minister on five separate occasions from 1954, he took up the mantle again, lasting only 11 days, later resigning because again, he did not have the confidence of the Chamber of Deputies.

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