25/11/2020 BARCELONA

Do you know who is this man? He is cited more than 8 million times on the net

His name is Laurent Gbagbo and he is the President of Ivory Coast. He has more than 8.2 million citations on the net, what is to say that he is the 8th most cited Head of the government in the world on ciberspace.

The Heads of the net

Have you ever heard (or read) of Laurent Gbagbo? Maybe of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono? or perhaps of Manmohan Singh? They are some of the top cited Heads of government on the internet. Adding the citations of the all three politicians mentioned would total almost 15 million. That’s pretty much, isn’t it? Gbagbo is the President of Ivory Coast since 2000 but his legitimity is being disputed. Yudhoyono is a retired Indonesian Army general officer, and the current President of Indonesia. And Singh is the 14th and current Prime Minister of the Republic of India, the only Prime Minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to return to power after completing a full five-year term. Probably these are not the names that are most cited on the TV news in Europe or in America but definetely they are amongst the most cited on the net (mostly by media).

As you might expect Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America, is by very very very far the champion of the champions in mentions on the net. More than 622 million citations! That is more than the top 100 current Heads of government added up.

Within this list, european politicians represent a total of 47 million citations with the italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi ahead. Certainly he is probably being more cited because of his personal life than for his political activity. Overall, and once again, Europe is behind America.

Ivory Coast tensions rise the citations on the internet

Last wednesday, December 22, France urged its nationals in Ivory Coast (around 15,000) to leave the country, as a crisis over disputed elections (held on November 28, the second round of presidential elections) continued. The situation is getting worse over time and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that it could evolve even to a civil war.

The election contest was held between Laurent Gbagbo, first elected president in 2000 on a five-year mandate, and Alassane Ouattara, Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire from November 1990 to December 1993. The international community recognises his rival Alassane Ouattara as victor.

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