By ROBBIE COREY-BOULET, Associated Press
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A 22-year-old who lives with his parents is the new mayor of Ivory Coast's largest city, at least according to the West African nation's active community of self-described Internet geeks.
After Ivorians voted in local elections in late April, Abidjan's budding network of bloggers, strategists, designers and Web entrepreneurs organized a separate vote for "Web Mayor."
Amevi Midekor, who helped organize the vote, said they crowned a leader for a group that has dreamed up creative ways to aid the city's population of roughly 4 million people, drawing attention to government shortcomings.
New "Web Mayor" Emmanuel Assoruan also vowed to foster an online community that was "healthy, safe and rich in content." Ivory Coast has a reputation for cybercrime, which has placed it on blacklists for websites like PayPal.