“It’s very sad that it’s Colombians themselves that generate the negative comments which affect efforts to bring more investment and generate more employment. This is an acknowledgement that struck me,” said Colombian Minister of Foreign Affairs Maria Angela Holguin.
The government-sanctioned study conducted by a media analysis group evaluated online comments that were eventually picked up by foreign media between November 18, 2011 and May 31, 2012. Of all the information regarding the Colombian State found in international media during this period, 3.9% was determined to be “negative.”
The majority of Uribe’s critical tweets commented on peace issues, according to the study.
Uribe is a prolific tweeter who has often used his account to criticize President Juan Manuel Santos and his policies. In April, Santos said “he doesn’t lose sleep” over his predecessor’s tweets.
Commentators identify Santos’ policies recognizing Colombia‘s armed conflict and its victims of state violence, his efforts to prosecute corrupt politicians, many of whom were protected during Uribe’s regime, as well as his willingness to discuss drug legalization as the main reasons behind the two leaders’ ongoing rift.