A protestor is taken away after attending a rally against alleged

vote fraud in Tehran, Sunday [Der Spiegel, Germany]



Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran

President Ahmadinejad: Election a 'Blow to World Oppressors'


Has Iran's now-disputed election been a 'blow' to the United States and its allies? According to the logic of Iranian President Ahmadinejad, all resistance to the election results are due to 'the enemy," also known as the 'Global Arrogance." Iran's state-controlled Kayhan, quotes the incumbent Iranian president as saying in part: 'The 84 percent-plus participation by eligible voters is a major blow to the oppressive system ruling the world.'


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TEHRAN: As a sea of flag-waving supporters packed into central Tehran on Sunday, incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the result of the presidential election was a blow to the "oppressive system" ruling the world. Later at his first press conference since winning Friday's vote, President Ahmadinejad insisted that Tehran's nuclear program is an issue of the past.


"The 84 percent-plus participation by eligible voters is a major blow to the oppressive system ruling the world," the president, dismissing the raging protests seen against his re-election erupted Saturday.


He said the election was like a "football match," adding that the loser should just "let it go."


"The fact that some protest and question the results is natural. They thought they would win and were preparing for that, so it makes them upset," he said, referring to supporters of Mir-Hussein Mousavi, his main challenger who was defeated in Friday's poll.


"Elections in Iran are the cleanest," the president said. "Today, we should appreciate the great triumph of the people of Iran against the unified front of the world arrogance ... and the psychological war launched by the enemy."


Ahmadinejad won the election with more than 24 million (62.63%) out of 39,165,191 votes counted, Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli announced on Saturday.


Ahmadinejad hailed the poll as "a great victory," saying that because of the nation's large turnout, the nation disappointed its enemies. "We saw the participation of about 40 million people in a totally free election," Ahmadinejad said. The president also criticized what he called the Western-led media hype against him in the run-up to the voting.


"This is a great victory at a time when the entire material, political and propaganda facilities [of the West] outside and sometimes inside Iran, were totally mobilized against the people, imposing the heaviest pressure and psychological warfare against the people of Iran. Yet the Iranians with complete vigilance, chose the path to the future rather than a return to the past," he added.


The president went on to describe plans for his second term and said the nation seeks justice and rejects discrimination, adding that he's committed to fighting corruption. He hailed the massive election turnout which led to his landslide victory, while insisting that his re-election was not a fraud.


"In the election on Friday, the Iranian people showed that they are resolute and committed to the great ideals of the Islamic Revolution," Ahmadinejad said.


Meanwhile, police said they have rounded up a total of 170 people connected to the post-election protests.


Tehran's deputy police chief Ahmad Reza Radan said the arrested included the "masterminds" of the riots as well as politicians, and warned that the security services would deal "firmly" with the protests.


Defying a government ban, Iranian presidential candidate Mir

Hossein Mousavi joined a huge rally against the result of last

week's election, June 15.



Among those arrested by police were around fifteen reform leaders and supporters of Ahmadinejad's defeated rivals. Reformist sources said that several have since been released.


One Iranian principlist [hardliner] said all unauthorized demonstrations were banned, and even before Friday's election, the Revolutionary Guard Corps. had warned that it would put any such "velvet revolution" down.


Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all matters of state including foreign and nuclear policy, urged the country to unite behind Ahmadinejad.


Mehdi Chamran, speaker of the Tehran city council and a prominent principlist, said U.S. President Obama's "motto of change" had no place in Iran.


"Iran's identity doesn't allow for a blind imitation. Velvet and colored revolutions don't work among our people," he told the Hamshahri newspaper.


Obama has called for dialogue with Iran after three decades of severed ties, which is a departure from the approach of his predecessor George W. Bush. Bush once labeled Iran part of an "axis of evil."











































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