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Shdwdncr
06-13-2009, 06:43 AM
Iran's Government: Ahmadinejad Wins Presidential Election in Landslide

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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, rival Mir Hossein Mousavi.

TEHRAN, Iran Iran declared President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the winner Saturday of an election that pitted the conservative establishment against candidate with broad backing from the country's youth.

Riot police attacked opposition supporters, beating them with clubs and smashing cars.

A statement from Mousavi posted on his Web site condemned what he described as the "manipulation" of election results.
Demonstrators wearing the trademark green color of Mir Hossein Mousavi chanted slogans condemning the results that gave 62.6 percent of the vote to Ahmadinejad. Protesters set fire to tires outside the Interior Ministry in the most serious unrest in Tehran in a decade.

Witnesses also said a commercial bank elsewhere in the city was set on fire.
Police attacked the demonstrators near the Interior Ministry, where the election results were announced, beating them with clubs and smashing cars. Police also moved to disperse any large gatherings of people around the city.

An Associated Press photographer saw a plainclothes security official beating a woman with his truncheon.
In another main street of Tehran some 300 young people blocked the avenue by forming a human chain chanted "Ahmadi, shame on you. Leave the government alone."

Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli, who supervised the elections and heads the nation's police forces warned people not to join any "unauthorized gatherings" as he gave detailed results for the elections.
"If there are gatherings in some places, people should not join them," he said. "Lets not give opportunities to people who aren't affiliated to any candidates."
He added that in Tehran itself, Mousavi won more votes than the incumbent.

Overall, however, Mousavi only took 33.75 percent of the vote in a contest that was widely perceived to be much closer than the official results.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters, thanked the people for their record 85 percent participation and warned opposition candidates to "avoid provocative behavior."
"I assume that enemies intend to eliminate the sweetness of the election with their hostile provocation," he said in his televised address.
He called the results a "divine assessment" and called on all the candidates to support the president.

Nationwide, the text messaging system remained down Saturday and several pro-Mousavi Web sites were blocked or difficult to access. Text messaging is frequently used by many Iranians especially young Mousavi supporters to spread election news and organize.

twodogstx
06-13-2009, 07:04 AM
Rigged election......many insiders say. I would like to see what Stratfor says on this early next week.

Dr_Dave
06-13-2009, 07:51 AM
News flash, Pigs have been seen flying...... The Iranians are taking lessons from the messiah. The West is in big trouble.

Pict
06-13-2009, 08:18 AM
Big surprise there. You can't legitimize your theocracy and identify your enemies without an opposition party. They have to let it speak above a whisper now and again or it would not serve their purposes. Mac

Invisible_Man
06-13-2009, 09:59 AM
Is anyone really surprised?

Blackbear
06-13-2009, 10:33 AM
wonder if he has his army on standby to crush any objectors?

Shdwdncr
06-13-2009, 11:40 AM
wonder if he has his army on standby to crush any objectors?

Clashes Erupt in Iran After Ahmadinejad Declared Winner of Presidential Election

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TEHRAN, Iran Supporters of the main election challenger to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad clashed with police and set up barricades of burning tires Saturday as authorities claimed the hard-line president was re-elected in a landslide.

The rival candidate said the vote was tainted by widespread fraud and his followers responded with the most serious unrest in the capital in a decade.

Several hundred demonstrators many wearing the trademark green colors of pro-reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi's campaign chanted "the government lied to the people" and gathered near the Interior Ministry as the final count from Friday's presidential election was announced.

It gave 62.6 percent of the vote to Ahmadinejad and 33.75 to Mousavi a former prime minister who has become the hero of a youth-driven movement seeking greater liberties and a gentler face for Iran abroad.
Mousavi rejected the result as rigged and urged his supporters to resist a government of "lies and dictatorship."

"I'm warning that I won't surrender to this manipulation," said a statement on Mousavi's Web site. "The outcome of what we've seen from the performance of officials ... is nothing but shaking the pillars of the Islamic Republic of Iran's sacred system and governance of lies and dictatorship," it added.

Mousavi warned "people won't respect those who take power through fraud." The headline on one of his Web sites read: "I won't give in to this dangerous manipulation."
Mousavi and key aides could not be reached by phone.

The clashes in central Tehran were the more serious disturbances in the capital since student-led protests in 1999. They showed the potential for the showdown to spill over into further violence and challenges to the Islamic establishment.

Mousavi appealed directly to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to intervene and stop what he said were violations of the law. Khamenei, who is not elected, holds ultimate political authority in Iran and controls all major policy decisions.

"I hope the leader's foresight will bring this to a good end," Mousavi said.
But Khamenei closed the door on any chance he could use his limitless powers to intervene in the election dispute. He urged the nation to unite behind Ahmadinejad in a message on state TV, calling the result a "divine assessment."

The demonstrations began Saturday morning shortly before the government announced the final results.
Protesters set fire to tires outside the Interior Ministry and anti-riot police fought back with clubs and smashed cars. Helmeted police on foot and others on buzzing motorcycles chased bands of protesters roaming the streets pumping their fists in the air. Officers beat protesters with swift blows from their truncheons and kicks with their boots. Some of the demonstrators grouped together to charge back at police, hurling stones.
Plumes of dark smoke streaked over the city, as burning barricades of tires and garbage bins glowed orange in the streets.

An Associated Press photographer saw a plainclothes security official beating a woman with his truncheon. Italian state TV RAI said one of its crews was caught in the clashes in front Mousavi's headquarters. Their Iranian interpreter was beaten with clubs by riot police and officers confiscated the cameraman's tapes, the station said.

In another main street of Tehran, some 300 young people blocked the avenue by forming a human chain and chanted "Ahmadi, shame on you. Leave the government alone." There was no word on any casualties from the unrest.

It was not clear how many Iranians were even aware of Mousavi's claims of fraud. Communications disruptions began in the later hours of voting Friday suggesting an information clampdown. State television and radio only broadcast the Interior Ministry's vote count and not Mousavi's midnight news conference.

Nationwide, the text messaging system remained down Saturday and several pro-Mousavi Web sites were blocked or difficult to access. Text messaging is frequently used by many Iranians especially young Mousavi supporters to spread election news.

Mousavi's campaign headquarters urged people to show restraint.
Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli, who supervised the elections and heads the nation's police forces, warned people not to join any "unauthorized gatherings."

The powerful Revolutionary Guard cautioned Wednesday it would crush any "revolution" against the Islamic regime by Mousavi's "green movement." The Revolutionary Guard is directly under the control of the ruling clerics and has vast influence in every corner of the country through a network of volunteer militias.

Even before the vote counting began, Mousavi declared himself "definitely the winner" based on "all indications from all over Iran." He accused the government of "manipulating the people's vote" to keep Ahmadinejad in power and suggested the reformist camp would stand up to challenge the results.

"It is our duty to defend people's votes. There is no turning back," he said, alleging widespread irregularities.

Mousavi's backers were stunned at the Interior Ministry's claim that Ahmadinejad won after widespread predictions of a close race or even a slight edge for the reformist candidate.

Turnout was a record 85 percent of the 46.2 million eligible voters.
"Many Iranians went to the people because they wanted to bring change," said Mousavi supporter Nasser Amiri, a hospital clerk in Tehran. "Almost everybody I know voted for Mousavi but Ahmadinejad is being declared the winner. The government announcement is nothing but widespread fraud. It is very, very disappointing. I'll never ever again vote in Iran."

At Tehran University the site of the last major anti-regime unrest in Tehran in 1999 the academic year was winding down and there was no sign of pro-Mousavi crowds. But university exams, scheduled to begin Saturday, were postponed until next month around the country.
Ahmadinejad planned a public address later Saturday in Tehran.

In the capital, several Ahmadinejad supporters cruised the streets waving Iranian flags out of car windows and shouting "Mousavi is dead!"
The election outcome will not sharply alter Iran's main policies or sway major decisions, such as possible talks with Washington or nuclear policies. Those crucial issues rest with the ruling clerics headed by Khamenei.

But the election focused on what the office can influence: boosting Iran's sinking economy, pressing for greater media and political freedoms, and being Iran's main envoy to the world.
Iran does not allow international election monitors. During the 2005 election, when Ahmadinejad won the presidency, there were some allegations of vote rigging from losers, but the claims were never investigated.

Benjamin Liu
06-13-2009, 11:57 AM
The Iranian president is just a figurehead, the Ayatollah is the one in charge.

Strangely enough, I know a guy that a few years ago was a typical conservative Christian who is now a fan of this guy, among other strange things.:rolleyes:

Anthony
06-13-2009, 12:04 PM
Am I the only one thinking GOOD! ?

We will have to fight them someday.

Let us not have a 'friend' in power in Iraq, which would make us relax and think that all is 'hunky dory', only to have to fight them in the future after they have had more years of secret nuke development etc.

Better "the devil you know, than the devil you don't!"

Not to mention this fraud being great for us politically! ;)

Regards,
Anthony.

Timber Wolf
06-13-2009, 12:06 PM
so how long before the Israeli bombs start dropping??

blackballed
06-13-2009, 01:06 PM
so how long before the Israeli bombs start dropping??


not soon enough:rolleyes:

s4141
06-13-2009, 03:15 PM
"Not to mention this fraud being great for us politically! ";)

They've got nothing on the US when it comes to political fraud. We have dead people voting. Twice.

manco5
06-13-2009, 03:23 PM
I did not know that Acorn was international, but obviously their 1.2 billion stimulus from TARP funds works.

Engineer
06-13-2009, 07:26 PM
... Not to mention this fraud being great for us politically! ;)

Regards,
Anthony.

Anthony, I'm glad you placed a smiley face next to that statement because I was just wondering how this Iranian election fraud could be capitalised upon by any political power base in the west? I'm certain the HNIC in Washington will be elated that his buddy he wants to have tea and scones with will be available for a cozy "chat" sometime soon. Of course Browne in the UK will only be concerned about who's leaving the Ministry next and when. Madam in Germany is only concerned with Germany and the French president ... well.

TB

William Carter
06-13-2009, 08:18 PM
Hopefully the riots continue, and they have a civil war, killing each other off. If it is ala's will.

ScottT
06-14-2009, 06:13 AM
so how long before the Israeli bombs start dropping??

I think that boat has already sailed and they were not on it.

MAK2263
06-14-2009, 07:24 AM
I agree Scott.I expected it before Jan 20th and was very disappointed.They would have been much better off than if they decide to do it now.At least GWB would have stood behind them,whereas now they would be left hung out to dry.BHO wouldn't want to hurt any Muslim feelings.:mad: