The Micronesian island of Nauru, formerly Pleasant Island, is the world’s smallest republic, which is just as well because it is made entirely out of bird droppings. For a while during the 20th century they enjoyed immense wealth thanks to the produce of their guano mines, but the tiny nation’s central plateau has been almost completely hollowed out, forcing the Nauruans into debt. Having depleted their resources, Nauru is now a dumping ground for Australian asylum seekers, under a policy named The Pacific Solution.
Sprent Dabwido, seen here in his underpants, is Nauru’s 3rd president since 2011. His predecessor spent barely a week in office before being ousted by a no confidence vote. As you can see, Sprent is a confident fellow, and with any luck his presidency will last until the end of the year.
World Leaders in Their Underpants welcomes Sprent, whose knees now feel the breeze of trouserless statesmanship, however briefly.