- Associated Press - Monday, April 25, 2011

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (AP) - Bahrain’s top diplomat and prolific tweeter Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa has warned followers about a spoof version of himself on the Twitter social media site.

The island kingdom’s foreign minister alerted readers to the parody doppelganger Monday. The phony account replaces the second “l” in his Twitter handle “khalidalkhalifa” with an “I” and uses the same profile picture.

The real foreign minister, whose bio includes the description “world traveler, bon vivant,” is something of a Twitter celebrity with nearly 32,000 followers.

Many of his tweets during Bahrain’s pro-democracy uprisings reflected the Al Khalifa monarchy’s viewpoint. But others have contained shout-outs to fellow diplomats, a mother’s day greeting and even the occasional travel snapshot.

The spoof Twitter account appears to poke fun at the minister’s weight by making a reference to his having a second breakfast, and claims the Bahraini crown prince’s decision Sunday not to attend Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding was because he couldn’t get a plane ticket.

It also contains links to another Twitter profile that is a spoof page for Bahrain’s interior minister.

The real foreign minister says he’s reported the fake account to Twitter.


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