The presidential system of is the most popular system of rule applied in most countries the world over. The president is either elected by popular vote, or directly by a democratically elected organisation. The president makes up leader of government and the executive organ of government. The most popular presidents in the world are not just popular in the country they govern; they also gather a worldwide following, expressed through social media.
It is quite easy to spot a popular president, most of them defeating their opponents at the ballot via a landslide victory, and no revolt of any kind arises thereafter. Here are the top 10 most popular presidents of 2018 in the world who are most powerful leaders.
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10. Kim Jong Un – North Korea
Supreme leader of the People’s Republic of Korea Kim Jong Un came into power immediately after burying his father in 2011. Amongst his many titles is ‘’The Marshal’’ and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. He was elected unopposed by the Supreme People’s Assembly and has since been a beloved leader of North Korea. He is so popular that when the movie ‘’The Interview’’ was complete and scheduled to be released, North Korean computer geeks hacked into Sony’s computers and threatened to destroy files if the movie was released. The movie was about a planned assassination of ‘’Kim Jong Un’’.
9. Muhammadu Buhari – Nigeria
Nigerian President and Commander in Chief Muhammadu Buhari became the first opposition leader to successfully run for presidency in Nigeria and win. After a string of unsuccessful presidential bids in 2003, 2007 and 2011, he finally won in 2015, defeating President Goodluck Jonathan. He is famed for having succesfully lead a coup when he was a military leader, and served as the country’s Head of State for 21 months. Back in 2012, Buhari had become more popular than the incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan, that revolt group Boko Haram chose him as a mediator between them and the federal government. He however strongly declined.
8. Uhuru Kenyatta – Kenya
Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is Republic of Kenya’s fourth president, having taken over from President Mwai Kibaki in 2013. he unsuccessfully ran for the seat in 2002, losing to Kibaki but he would later link up with prominent and equally popular William Ruto as his running mate and win the 2013 general elections. He is son to Kenya’s founding father Jomo Kenyatta and Ngina Kenyatta. A recent study by African Education and Leadership Award highlighted Mr. Kenyatta as President of the year 2014/2015. He has managed to attract high profile visitors including President Obama, Angela Merkel, and Pope Francis among others. He is hoping to take up another five year term as Kenya goes back to the ballot in 2017.
7. Hassan Rouhani – Iran
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is the seventh president of the Asian nation. The lawyer and former diplomat has been in power since 2013, having previously worked as the country’s top negotiator in international affairs. Being a proud supporter of ethnic and religious minorities in Iran, he gained popularity amongst likeminded citizens and in 2013 he finally became president. Time Magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential leaders in the world. He has been a key figure in putting Iran back in the world map, improving international diplomatic rights and being a women’s rights advocate. He is widely popular for his reconciliatory and healing type of leadership.
6. Rodrigo Duterte – Philippines
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte is one of the most popular and influential political figures in Asia. He is a Political Science and Law graduate . he came into power in 2016, promising to kill thousands of drug users, dealers and criminals, something the Philippine people are taking positively and is working to increase his political success. He once threatened to eject from the UN and form other alliances with China and Africa. He was elected president on May 30, 2016 defeating his closest rival by a whopping 6.6 million votes.
5. Narendra Modi – India
Narendra Modi is India’s Prime Minister and second most popular leader on Facebook. He was introduced into the world of politics when he started working for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS, a Hindu right-wing nationalist organization at the age of 8. Between the 60’s and 70’s Modi rose the ranks and he would later become party leader and eventually elected Prime Minister by the people of India. He assumed power in 2014 and became the first Indian leader to rule after India got independence from the United Kingdom. He is a human rights and equality advocate, and his economic policies focus on privatization and liberalization.
4. Xi Jinping – China
Xi Jinping is China’s paramount leader, being the Head of State, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and the Central Military Commission. He made his way to the top seat after serving as Governor in two coastal provinces between 1999 and 2007. He would later become vice president, and ultimately party leader and President. He chairs the National Security Commission and is a strong anti-corruption endorser. He once fired high ranking government officials including General Xu Caihou citing corruption. He is widely regarded as China’s most powerful and influential leader since Deng Xiaoping.
3. Vladimir Putin – Russia
Vladimir Putin is the current president of Russia having been Prime Minister between 1999 and 2000. He would later be president between 2000 and 2008, and then Prime Minister of the country’s ruling party between 2008 and 2012 and eventually President again in 2012 until now. He studied German and Law at St. Petersburg State University in Germany and fluently speaks the language. He was a foreign intelligence for KGB but would later drop the post to pursue politics. Putin is famed for uplifting Russia’s economy and GDP during his first spell as president. He is 20007 Time Person of the Year, and his political approval ratings are one of the highest for a Russian leader yet. He is a close ally to US President-elect Donald Trump.
2. Mark Rutte – Netherlands
Dutch Prime Minister and party leader of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy Mark Rutte is probably one of the most affable leaders to ever rule. He came into power with a record number of votes, signifying he was very popular amongst the citizens. Mark Rutte prefers riding a bicycle to work, at the Hague where he teaches a two hour class at the Johan de Witt College. His rise to politics came when he resigned as an Undersecretary to become Parliamentary leader of the VVD in the House of Representatives. he would later win the general election and become Prime Minister.
1. Donald Trump – United States
Donald John Trump, mostly popular as Donald Trump is the president of The United States. He is being appointed as the president from January 20, 2017. He has always been a much talked about person because of his career as a television persona and an efficacious business man. He was born and brought up in New York. He had been a student of Wharton School ( Pennsylvania University), and from there he has achieved his degree in economics. In 1971, Trump took over the real estate business of his family and started his own venture with the name of The Trump Organization. His business has been through a tremendous growth and has made him a successful personality in the business world. Trump was associated with the media profession. He has been the producer and a host for a reality TV show called The Apprentice ( From 2003-2015). He had owned beauty pageants such as Miss USA and Miss World. He took his entry to the political world in 2016 and in 2017 he was elected as the president of USA against Hillary Clinton.
A good president is able to make the right decisions under pressure, respond to imminent threats with confidence and if push comes to shove protect the country with an iron fist if necessary. For one to successfully run for presidency, they must be able to speak to the public on issues that directly concern them. Even though what makes a good president is subjective, the intelligence and prowess needed to have a country’s future at the palm of one’s hands is one of the most powerful jobs but also the most scrutinized and closely observed. What makes Obama the most popular leader is that he has been able to fulfill most promises he made prior to being elected president twice.