Lebanon’s Most Outspoken Politician Wants to Talk to You on Twitter | BuzzFeed

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[Interviewed Walid Jumblatt and contributed reporting to this article, published here on November 20, 2014. Just a note, the story is a lot more fun if you read it with the embedded tweets, so check it out on the link!]

BEIRUT — Walid Joumblatt pulled out his reading glasses before opening his iPad. Oscar, his dog, had just curled himself close to Joumblatt’s feet. “He’s 10 years old now, getting old, like me,” the ex-warlord turned mainstream Lebanese politician joked.

He scrolled gingerly through a queue of Twitter notifications. “I’m trying to answer almost everybody individually,” he said. Joumblatt joined Twitter just three weeks ago and already has more than 25,000 followers, many of whom he answers directly with the same candor and wit that has helped make the 65-year-old an unlikely giant in Lebanese politics.

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