President Díaz-Canel starts tweeting. Photo: Prensa Latina

In just 24 hours on Twitter, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB) gained over 17,000 followers – and is already close to 19,000, Prensa Latina reported.

The Cuban President tweeted for the first time at 08:00 a.m. local time, this October 10, from the eastern province of Granma, where he offered the central remarks at the act to mark the 150th anniversary of the beginning of Cuba’s struggles for the independence.

He went on to thank all those who had supported and followed him on the social media platform, and later in the afternoon tweeted from the province of Pinar del Río, on the other side of the island, to where he traveled to check on the recovery efforts following damages caused by Hurricane Michael

The Presidents of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, and Bolivia, Evo Morales, and Argentine Nobel Laureate, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, were among the first to welcome the Cuban President to Twitter.

Twiplomacy, which conducts annual studies on the presence of world leaders on Twitter, also tweeted to announce the Cuban President was now officially on the social network.

During the 10th Congress of the Union of Cuban Journalists, in July of this year, Díaz-Canelannounced that he would be on Twitter beforeDecember.