Ahmadinejad joins Twitter despite ban against site in Iran

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad joined Twitter and started to tweet in English, requesting that users begin to follow him. Even though Tehran prevents ordinary Iranians from accessing the social media site, many senior level Iranian officials have Twitter accounts.
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Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was in office when Tehran banned its citizens from accessing Twitter, has joined the popular social media network.

Ahmadinejad started tweeting in English shortly after he opened the account. He even asked Twitter users to follow him in a video in English that he uploaded to his page. After starting the recorded message with the traditional Muslim greeting, Ahmadinejad said: “Follow me at @Ahmadinejad1956. That’s me. Peace and love and best wishes.” Ahmadinejad’s Twitter profile biography reads: “Husband, Dad, Grandfather, University Professor, President, Mayor, Proud Iranian.”

Even though Tehran prevents ordinary Iranian citizens from accessing the social media site, many senior level Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, have Twitter accounts.

According to reports, many are urging Ahmadinejad to run for president in the upcoming election.

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