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Ahmadinejad & Conservatives Won Iranian Election

Postby IPC » Sat Jun 25, 2005 8:34 am

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Won Iranian Election
(Conservative Hardliner Tehran Mayor)

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Hardline mayor scores landslide Iran election win

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Ultra-conservative Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad swept to a landslide win in presidential elections on Saturday, spelling a possible end to Iran

Ahmadinejad, 48, received the backing of the religious poor to defeat moderate cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who was supported by pro-reform parties and wealthy Iranians fearful of a hardline monopoly on power in the Islamic state.

"The figures show that Ahmadinejad is the winner," Interior Ministry spokesman Jahanbakhsh Khanjani told reporters.

He will be Iran's first non-cleric president for 24 years when he takes office in August.

An official at the Guardian Council, which must approve the election results, said that out of 24.8 million votes counted, Ahmadinejad had won 61.7 percent of ballots cast, defying pre-poll predictions of a tight race.

The official said turnout was 26 million, or 56 percent, down on the 63 percent of Iran's 46.7 million eligible voters who cast ballots in an inconclusive first round on June 17.

"It's over, we accept that we've lost," said a close aide to Rafsanjani, 70, who was president from 1989 to 1997.

MODERATING INFLUENCE GONE

Although Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the last word on all matters of state, a hardline presidency would remove the moderating influence on decision-making exercised by outgoing reformist President Mohammad Khatami

"This all but closes the door for a breakthrough in U.S.-Iran relations," said Karim Sadjadpour, Tehran-based analyst for the International Crisis Group.

Washington broke ties with Iran in 1980 and now accuses it of developing nuclear weapons and supporting terrorism. Iran, the world's fourth-largest oil producer, denies the charges.

"I think Ahmadinejad is less amenable to compromise on the nuclear issue, but it is unclear how much influence he will have on it," said Sadjadpour.

Washington repeated earlier accusations that the vote was unfair due to the prior disqualification of more than 1,000 hopeful candidates.

"We remain skeptical that the Iranian regime is interested in addressing either the legitimate desires of its own people or the concerns of the broader international community," said a State Department spokeswoman. She described Iran as "out of step" with the rest of the Middle East region.

Friday's vote exposed deep class divisions in the nation of 67 million people.

A former member of the special forces of Iran's hardline Revolutionary Guards, Ahmadinejad's humble lifestyle and pledges to tackle corruption and redistribute the country's oil wealth appealed to the urban and rural religious poor.

NEW ERA

The result was a crushing blow to Rafsanjani, who has been at the forefront of Iranian politics since the Islamic revolution and was widely considered Iran's second most powerful figure before the vote. He last venture to the polls in 2000 parliamentary elections also ended in failure.

"Today is the beginning of a new political era," he said after voting on Friday.

His victory was the latest by a new breed of hardline politicians, many of them former Revolutionary Guardsmen, who won local council and parliamentary elections in 2003 and 2004 amid widespread disillusionment with the slow pace of reform.

Pro-reform political parties, students, clerics and academics had backed Rafsanjani, accusing Ahmadinejad of representing an authoritarian trend in Iranian politics.

"I vote for Ahmadinejad because he wants to cut the hands of those who are stealing the national wealth and he wants to fight poverty," said Rahmatollah Izadpanah, 41.

"I don't know why Ahmadinejad's message of social justice frightened people. What's wrong with justice?" said Hossein, 18.

In well off north Tehran, Rafsanjani voters said they feared Ahmadinejad would reverse modest reforms made under Khatami that allow women to dress in brighter, skimpier clothes and couples to fraternise in public without fear of arrest.

"I didn't vote for Ahmadinejad because I don't like the extreme behavior of his supporters," said film student Mohammad, 26.

Supreme Leader Khamenei banned either side from holding victory celebrations after a fractious campaign marred by allegations of electoral irregularities.

Aides to Rafsanjani had accused the hardline Basij militia of intimidating voters to back Ahmadinejad. The Interior Ministry also complained of illegal election-day campaigning.
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Postby IPC » Sat Jun 25, 2005 8:36 am

Iran's hardline president-elect says 'enemies checkmated'

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Iranian hardliner Mahmood Ahmadinejad pauses as he enters a polling station in Tehran, June 24, 2005. Ahmadinejad said that the Islamic republic's 'enemies' had been 'checkmated', in his first public reaction to his shock victory.

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Iran's hardline president-elect Mahmood Ahmadinejad said that the Islamic republic's "enemies" had been "checkmated", in his first public reaction to his shock victory.

He said Saturday that even though Iran had faced "the heaviest psychological war of its enemies, it checkmated everyone with its wide participation on Friday (and) ruined all the world's equations."

"I am highly proud because I received people's kindness and trust," Tehran's hardline mayor told state media, praising Iranians for facing up to "billions of dollars of investment by their enemies".

"This is the highest honour in the world. Iranian people are a special nation. We should know this people and make them known. It is a nation of history makers," said Ahmadinejad, who scored a landslide win against moderate cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in Friday's presidential run-off.

"Today, all competition should turn into friendship. We are part of a big family that should go hand in hand to build our proud Iran," he said.

"Our big mission today is to build up an exemplary, developed, powerful, Islamic society in Iran."
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Postby IPC » Sat Jun 25, 2005 8:40 am

Hardline vote winner vows to make Iran strong

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Iran's newly elected President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right, greets the speaker of Iran's Parliament Gholamali Haddad Adel, during a meeting in the mayor's office in Tehran on Saturday, June 25, 2005. The winner of Iran's presidential election, whose landslide victory dealt a setback to reformers.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Ultra-conservative Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad swept to a stunning landslide victory in presidential elections on Saturday and immediately vowed to turn Iran into a strong and exemplary Islamic state.

His victory put in doubt Iran's fragile liberalization process, started by outgoing reformist President Mohammad Khatami

Mohammad Khatami, and raised questions about whether Iran will harden its stance on its nuclear impasse with the West.

Ahmadinejad, 48, won the backing of the religious poor to defeat veteran political heavyweight Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who was supported by pro-reform parties and wealthy Iranians fearful of a hardline monopoly on power in the Islamic state.

"Our main goal today is to create an exemplary, advanced and powerful Islamic nation," he said in a radio address -- his first comments since being declared winner of Friday's election.

In a campaign where Rafsanjani advocated better ties with the United States, Ahmadinejad had said relations with Washington were not a cure-all for Iran.

"This all but closes the door for a breakthrough in U.S.-Iran relations," said Karim Sadjadpour, Tehran-based analyst for the International Crisis Group.

Washington broke ties with Iran in 1980 and now accuses it of developing nuclear weapons and supporting terrorism. Iran, the world's fourth-largest oil producer, denies the charges.

TOUGH ON NUCLEAR POLICY

Ahmadinejad, who will be Iran's first non-cleric president for 24 years when he takes office in August, has also used firm language on Iran's controversial nuclear program, saying it was the nation's right to develop its nuclear technology.

Iran says its nuclear program is to make electricity but the West fears it wants to make atomic weapons.

Ahmadinejad's win was unlikely to lead to immediate changes in nuclear policy, as the final word in that and other matters of state lies with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

"I think Ahmadinejad is less amenable to compromise on the nuclear issue, but it is unclear how much influence he will have on it," said Sadjadpour.

In his victory speech, Ahmadinejad hinted at a shake up in the oil sector, saying oil deals needed to be clarified.

But amid rumors that he will purge government ministries after many top officials backed his opponent, he stressed the need for unity in the nation of 67 million.

"Today is a day when we have to forget all our rivalries and turn them into friendships," Ahmadinejad said.

The vote was a crushing blow for Rafsanjani, 70, who has been at the forefront of politics since the 1979 revolution and was hoping to regain the post he held from 1989 to 1997.

Ahmadinejad's win was the latest by a new breed of hardline politicians, many of them former Revolutionary Guardsmen, who won local council and parliamentary elections in 2003 and 2004 amid widespread disillusionment with the slow pace of economic reform.

State television reported that Ahmadinejad won 62 percent of the 27.9 million votes cast, defying forecasts of a tight race and securing a margin that weakened complaints from officials and rivals about voting malpractice.

The figures indicated a 60 percent turnout from the 46.7 million eligible voters, versus 63 percent in the first round.

"ONE OF US"

Ahmadinejad is a former member of the special forces of Iran's hardline Revolutionary Guards. His humble lifestyle and pledges to tackle corruption and redistribute oil wealth appealed to the urban and rural religious poor.

Despite his strong loyalty to Iran's clerical leadership, his rapid rise from relative obscurity meant that many viewed him as an outsider who would shake up Iran's political system.

"I am very happy that Ahmadinejad won because he is one of us. I am also happy that those who believed this system belongs to them have been defeated," said Amir, 29, a shopkeeper in working class Shahr-e Ray.

Rafsanjani voters had said they feared Ahmadinejad would reverse modest reforms made under Khatami that allow women to dress in brighter, skimpier clothes and couples to fraternise in public without fear of arrest.

Washington repeated accusations that the vote was unfair due to the disqualification of more than 1,000 hopeful candidates.

"We remain skeptical that the Iranian regime is interested in addressing either the legitimate desires of its own people or the concerns of the broader international community," said a State Department spokeswoman.

Supreme Leader Khamenei banned victory celebrations after a fractious campaign marred by allegations of dirty tricks and lauded Rafsanjani, urging him to remain in politics.
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Postby IPC » Sat Jun 25, 2005 8:42 am

Imam Khamenei: United States is humiliated by Iran's Election Results!

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei casts his ballot in the second round of the Iranian presidential election in Tehran June 24, 2005.

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Iran's all-powerful supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (pictured) said the United States had been 'humiliated deep inside' by the Islamic republic's presidential election, won by hardliner Mahmood Ahmadinejad.

Iran's supreme leader says US 'humiliated' by election

TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran

Iran's all-powerful supreme leader said the United States had been "humiliated deep inside" by the Islamic republic's presidential election, won by hardliner Mahmood Ahmadinejad.

"You illustrated the secret of your solidity and power against the expansionist policies of the arrogance of the world," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saturday in a message to the Iranian people read out on state television.

"Despite its babbling, your enemy is now humiliated deep inside because of your greatness and the transparency of your democracy," Khamenei said.

The terms "arrogance of the world" and "enemy" are Iranian regime speak for the United States, also known here as the "Great Satan".

Khamenei told Iranians the election was "practical proof of your commitment to bravely guard the Islamic republic's interests (and) fulfil all the Islamic and revolutionary ideals."

He congratulated president-elect Ahmadinejad, urging "his and the other candidates' supporters to show capacity, patience and wisdom."

He also offered condolences to regime veteran and moderate contender Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

"I deeply appreciate all the other candidates, especially Hojatoleslam Hashemi Rafsanjani, who is one of the resources of the revolution. I hope he, my dear brother and old colleague, will be a player in important arenas of the Islamic system like always," Khamenei said.
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Postby IPC » Sat Jun 25, 2005 8:42 am

Iran official alleges poll fraud

TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- An official with Iran's Interior Ministry has accused Iran's Guardian Council of election fraud in the presidential runoff vote and said he was placed under arrest when he objected to voting irregularities, Iran's official news agency said.

"I was personally witness to interference of Guardians Council monitors' serious interference in voting stations where I was commissioned to survey the sound process of election," Ali Mirbaqeri, the managing director of the Interior Ministry's Majlis Affairs, told IRNA.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, mayor of Tehran, was declared the winner in the presidential runoff Saturday with more than 61 percent of the vote over Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani's 36 percent.

Mirbaqeri spoke to reporters at the Interior Ministry's election headquarters shortly after he was released from custody.

"The monitors of the Guardians Council were not only filling out the tariffs and controlling the voters' IDs, but also constantly issuing orders for every one," he said.

"The presence of representatives of the governor and the Interior Ministry were thus practically quite useless at the voting stations.

"I voiced my objection to such broad violation of the Election Laws, and was as a result arrested at a voting station," Mirbaqeri said.

He said he was freed after two-and-a-half hours in the Khani-Abad-e-Nou police station jail "thanks to the interference of the Interior Ministry."

"The monitors of the Guardians Council had in all voting stations before the one in which I was arrested, too, been violating the Election Laws, and kept me that they (the GC monitors) were the ones to decide the fate of the elections, and that I had no right to intervene," he said.
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Postby IPC » Sat Jun 25, 2005 8:44 am

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Conservatives,
Shammed The Sham Election!


Can you believe this man is now your president?
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This means:

Bad Point: Iran is now completely in the hands of Conservatives! Iran is now totally screwed! We Cannot believe Rafsanjani lost! Conservatives cannot even stand a Moderate such as Rafsanjani! They want total control. They even Shammed the Sham Election! They Cheated in the Cheated Fraudulent Election!

Good Point: This will enflame the Revolution, sooner than we thought! Country will go to total isolation, oppression, Internet bans, Dress codes, Strict Islamic Laws & suffocations. Masses of Iran will explode in the upcoming days.

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Postby iranazadbad » Sun Jun 26, 2005 8:19 pm

"Bad Point: Iran is now completely in the hands of Conservatives! Iran is now totally screwed! We Cannot believe Rafsanjani lost! Conservatives cannot even stand a Moderate such as Rafsanjani! ""

What is this. Iran has been in the hands of conservative religious folks since 1979 . The Khatami stuff was to keep the rest of the world confused. But, now the problem is internal--lack of jobs, prostitution.drug addictions poverty in one of the richest country in the world. So, we have Mr. Ahamadinejad, son of a blacksmith who has not been enriched like the rest of the mulllahs. A common man for common folks, non mullah winning against mullah.
These people are so good. I give them much credit for their cleverness in controlling the masses and their willingness to use every mean to gain/control power.
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