Iraqi politicians have been slow to embrace Twitter, which according to a 2011 study by the Dubai School of Government, has only about 0.07% Twitter penetration in the country.
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The office of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliky started posting on Twitter on 2 January 2012, realizing the importance of social media. However, with only 285 followers to date, it hasn’t had much traction. Al-Maliky has used Twitter as a platform to broadcast messages encouraging people to show commitment towards the constitution of Iraq as well as to highlight the power enjoyed by the Council of Ministers and its vital role in stabilizing the country. He tweets that despite constant terrorist activism, the government of Iraq will never stop the mission of re-building the country. The Iraqi Prime Minister also uses Twitter to leverage his political and diplomatic activities including his visit to Kuwait to enhance mutual cooperation between the two countries and his meetings with US Senator Joseph Lieberman and both the Japanese and Chinese Ambassadors.