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G20 Leaders Experience

Jenilee Guebert, G20 Research Group
November 15, 2008

Country Leader Years in Office
# of G8 Summits Attended
Argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirtchner 1 years
0
Australia Kevin Rudd 1 years
1
Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva 5 years, 11 months
5
Canada Stephen Harper 2 years, 11 months
3
China Hu Jintao 5 years, 8 months
5
France Nicolas Sarkozy 1 year, 6 months
2
Germany Angela Merkel 3 years
3
India Manmohan Singh 4 years, 6 months
4
Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono 4 years, 1 month
1
Italy Silvio Berlusconi 7 months[a]
11
Japan Taro Aso 2 months
0
Korea Lee Myung-bak 9 months
1
Mexico Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinjosa 1 year, 11 months
2
Russia Dmitry Medvedev 6 months
1
Saudi Arabia Adbullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud 3 years, 3 months
0
South Africa Petrus Kgalema Motlanthe 2 months
0
Turkey Abdulla Gül 1 year, 3 months
0
United Kingdom Gordon Brown 1 year, 5 months
1
United States George W. Bush 7 years, 10 months
8
European Union José Manuel Barroso 4 years
4
Average   approximately 2 year, 7 months
2.1

[a] Includes current term only. Berlusconi was also prime minister of Italy from 17 April 1994 to 17 January 1995 and from 11 June 2001 to 17 May 2006. He attended G8 summits in 1994, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2008 (which is indicated in the table above).

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