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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Joins Twitter

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The former president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has just joined Twitter, even though his administration banned the site.

"Follow me at @Ahmadinejad1956, that's me. Peace and love and best wishes," Ahmadinejad says in a video posted to the account on Sunday.

The conservative leader was president of Iran from 2005 to 2013. His 2009 presidential win was disputed by many who believed the election was rigged.

After widespread protests, many of which were spurred by online social networks — the Green Revolution is sometimes referred to as the "Twitter revolution" — Ahmadinejad's government briefly shut down access to the internet, before implementing filters to block citizens from accessing websites like Facebook and Twitter.

The site, which is still not accessible by most people in Iran, is used by President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Many Iranians bypass the country's filters by using proxy servers or virtual private networks (VPNs).

Twitter has yet to verify Ahmadinejad's account.

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