CUBAN President Miguel Diaz-Canel has gained over 17,000 followers within 24 hours of joining Twitter.
According to Prensa Latina, by last Thursday, President Diaz-Canel was close to hit 19,000 followers, having taken to Twitter on Wednesday morning.
“In just 24 hours on Twitter, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB) gained over 17,000 followers – and is already close to 19,000,” Granma quotes Prensa Latina.
The Cuban President tweeted for the first time at 08:00 a.m. local time on October 10 from the eastern province of Granma, where he presided over the 150th anniversary of the beginning of Cuba’s struggles for independence.
His first message read: “We are in La Demajagua, the place where we have the greatest amount of patriotic feelings #SomosCuba and #SomosContinuidad” [we are Cuba and we are the continuity].
President Diaz-Canel went on to thank all those who had supported and followed him on the social media platform, and later in the afternoon tweeted from the province of Pinar del Río, on the other side of the island, where he travelled to check on the recovery efforts following damage caused by Hurricane Michael.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Bolivia’s Evo Morales, and Argentine Nobel laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel were among the first to welcome the Cuban President to Twitter.
Twiplomacy, which conducts annual studies on the presence of world leaders on Twitter, also tweeted to announce the Cuban President was now officially on the social network.
During the 10th Congress of the Union of Cuban Journalists in July, President Díaz-Canel announced he would be on Twitter before December.