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"Facebook's political stars," iAfrica, June 4, 2008.

China's state media on Tuesday hailed Premier Wen Jiabao as the world's sixth most popular politician on the social networking site Facebook — well ahead of US President George W. Bush.

Wen Jiabao's profile was set up two days after he rushed to the scene of the 12 May earthquake in southwest Sichuan province to oversee rescue efforts, the official news agency Xinhua reported.

It is not known who set it up. Anyone with an email address can create a profile.

However, it has apparently proved to be a hit, with more than 44 000 people registering as supporters, placing him sixth on Facebook's rankings of most popular politicians.

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