Davos notebook: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani tweets with a little help from his friends

DAVOS, Switzerland – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has attracted 170,000 Twitter followers but his “friends” deserve at least some of the credit for that.

Rouhani’s face lit up Thursday at the Davos business forum while discussing his new Twitter account, through which he follows only Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and three others.

But when asked about his posts on Twitter and Facebook, Rouhani acknowledged that he doesn’t personally write his own posts. Instead, the Iranian leader told journalists at a mostly off-the-record briefing that they were written by “friends.”

Zarif also is active on Twitter, where he has 117,000 followers, and on Facebook, where news has frequently been posted about Iran’s nuclear program deal and other major developments.