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Queen Rania fourth among world leaders using Twitter

Feb 04,2014 - Last updated at Feb 04,2014

AMMAN — Her Majesty Queen Rania was ranked fourth among world leaders who use Twitter in the annual rankings of the Digital Policy Council.

Her Majesty, who has more than three million followers, had more than half a million new followers in 2013, the report said.

“As one of the most influential women in the Middle East, in 2013 she continued to use her Twitter presence to promote cross-cultural dialogue and foster greater understanding and tolerance, as a key figure behind the launch of several educational initiatives and the empowerment of women,” the recently launched report said.

It added that His Majesty King Abdullah is also now represented on Twitter through the Royal Hashemite Court account. 

The Royal Court account, which was launched recently, reports on the King’s activities and sometimes includes tweets by His Majesty, signed with his initials, #ABH (Abdullah Bin Hussein).

The top three ranks this year were taken by US President Barack Obama, in first place with more than 40 million followers; Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, second, with 4.2 million followers; and Turkish President Abdullah Gul, third, with 4.1 million followers.

The Queen was followed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in fifth place, President Cristina Fernandez of Argentina in sixth place, and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai in seventh place.

Eighth place was taken by Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto, while Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos came ninth and Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff was ranked 10th.

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