Panamanian leaders have actively been using Twitter as a means of communication. Former President Ricardo Martinelli frequently made headlines with his personal tweets. His successor, Juan Carlos Varela, the communications office of the government as well as the foreign minister and ministry are active on Twitter.

President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela

Panama’s vice President Juan Carlos Varela won the presidential elections on 4 May 2014 and has been tweeting since 14 January 2011. @JC_Varela tweets personally except when he is at public events his team does the tweeting for him. Since his election his team chronicles his activities including pictures and videos in many of his tweets. His family, and most of all his wife @licastillo31, are often mentioned in his tweets and feature in the pictures he posts. Besides a strong social and political content, Varela´s posts often have a religious connotation and appeal to moral, transparency and equity.Varely is following 19 other world leaders, but so far only one, namely the presidency of Ecuador @Presidencia_EC has returned the favour.

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Juan Carlos Varela


Presidente Constitucional de la República de Panamá.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 11/16/2010
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 2.35
Retweets: 21%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.22
Replies/Tweet: 0.09
Tweets retweeted: 70%
Most mentioned @licastillo31 (58), @IsabelStMalo (32), @BlandonJose (26), @miltonhenriquez (13), @GianVarela (8), @somosmarearoja (8), @tvnnoticias (8), @FuerzaVarela (7), @laonetwo507 (7), @PadreFerfont (7)

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Foreign Ministry of Panama Cancillería Panamá

Panama’s Foreign Ministry has been on Twitter since the 30 November 2012 with the @CancilleriaPA account which has gonce silent since 11 December 2013. The foreign ministry has set up a new account @CancilleriaPMA on the 14 February 2014 which has less than 500 followers but is mutually following the foreign ministries of Ecuador, El Salvador and the government of Honduras. @CancilleriaPMA is fairly active and tweets on average six times per day, mainly retweeting the personal account of Foreign Minister Francisco Álvarez De Soto. The account posts pictures and videos of his meetings in every second tweet.

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Cancillería Panamá


Cuenta Oficial del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de la República de Panamá

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 02/14/2014
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 4.31
Retweets: 52%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.19
Replies/Tweet: 0.02
Tweets retweeted: 25%
Most mentioned @IsabelStMalo (91), @LMHincapie (13), @tvnnoticias (13), @JC_Varela (10), @miarosemena (7), @YouTube (7), @FAlvarezDeSoto (6), @CancilleriaPA (5), @TReporta (5), @AlvaroAlvaradoC (3)

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