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Ahmadinejad Claims Victory In Elections

From the UK’s Times:

Ahmadinejad claims victory after Iran’s polling stations are kept open

Martin Fletcher in Tehran and Nico Hines

June 12, 2009

Polls remained open in Iran tonight, three hours after the end of official voting, with President Ahmadinejad’s representatives declaring victory despite a huge turnout that is expected to favour his rival.

Officials estimated that at least 70 per cent of the electorate will have voted, one of the highest turnouts since the Islamic revolution in 1979.

Mir Hossein Mousavi, a former prime minister who wants better relations with the West and a more liberal domestic agenda, was predicted to benefit from the overwhelming turnout after an unexpected groundswell of support.

Voting was extended until at least 9pm (1630 GMT) because of heavy queues at polling stations, said the Interior Ministry.

The surprise claim of victory from Mr Ahmadinejad’s camp came a few hours after Mr Mousavi’s aides made a similar call.

Both sides have predicted outright victory in the race to be elected president by securing more than half of the vote and avoiding the need for a second round run-off…

There were some early reports of opposition observers being barred from entering polling stations and an aide to Mr Mousavi said some polling centres in north western and southern provinces had run out of ballots. He claimed that this was a deliberate attempt by the government to keep people from voting…

After casting his vote in a white ballot box, Mr Khamenei urged Iranians to remain calm. “As far as I see and hear, passion and motivation is very high among people,” he said. “If some intend to create tension, this will harm people." …

Mr Mousavi’s allies suggested that a discredited victory for the incumbent could spark riots and chaos on the streets.

That warning was echoed throughout Tehran where hundreds if not thousands of optimistic voters queued outside each polling station in stifling conditions from early this morning.

In the north of the capital, almost without exception, people were voting for Mr Mousavi. While in the more conservative districts of the city some were sticking with Mr Ahmadinejad but other, particularly younger, voters had been won over by infectious movement for change…

Until a fortnight ago Mr Ahmadinejad’s re-election looked like a formality. But the campaign has come alive as urban middle-class Iranians began to rally behind Mr Mousavi and his campaign embraced the potential of the internet.

Mr Mousavi was a dull candidate, but he promised social liberalisation — including an end to the hated morality police — sound economic management and détente with the West. He also broke with tradition by allowing his much more forceful wife, Zahra Rahnavard, to campaign publicly with him.

The Mousavi campaign encouraged the bandwagon by adopting the colour green, which sprouted everywhere, and through the prodigious use of text messages and e-mails, trying to get out the vote…

In reality, the outcome of the election will not sharply alter Iran’s main policies or sway high-level decisions, such as possible talks with Washington. Those crucial policies are all directly controlled by the ruling clerics headed by the unelected Mr Khamenei

Of course the outcome was pre-determined.

As the article notes, the mullahs run Iran.

Thanks to Mr. Carter.

The Mousavi campaign encouraged the bandwagon by adopting the colour green, which sprouted everywhere…

Green, of course, being the official color of Islam.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 12th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Ahmadinejad Claims Victory In Elections”

  1. proreason says:

    The ex-hostage taker and the ex-community organizer are following similar paths in their careers.

  2. Howard Roark says:

    When I was finishing my political science degree in the early 90’s, the folks in the Foreign Relations intelligentsia of our country had named the Islamic terrorist movement (already decades old at that point), “the green peril”.

    Green is used in (most) all of the Arab/Islamic countries’ flags.

    We are all told how much US [diplomatic] agression towards Iran is misplaced by the typical Left. “Give their young people time to overthrow the government in Iran, we shouldn’t be nation-building”, they say. That’s right after they give George Clooney the Humanitarian Award for urging a military solution to Darfur, of course.

    If the people of Iran are truly able to overthrow their ruling clerics and Ayatollah, now is the time to do it.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    The election is staged, potatoes buy votes, and both candidates are chosen by the “fascist conservative” mullah illuminati. It’s all smoke, all distractions and delaying pressure on their nuclear activity long enough. How long enough? I don’t know, I think today is a good guess personally. “We are glad to see a robust debate going on in Iran.” O’blah-blah. facetodesk It’s probably going to take violent revolution, sadly and in my opinion, it’s too oppressive and corrupt for democratic channels to achieve success. That goes for most of the Middle East, but people there don’t seem to want it enough. Most would just rather hate us, so what do we do? Hrm? How about supporting real democracies like Israel and Iraq O’blah-blah?

  4. beautyofreason says:

    No matter who becomes president there will be no change in Iran pushing for nukes or threatening Israel. Mr. A just put all of that insanity out in the open, but the mullahs have no problem with it.

    A day after Obama’s Cairo speech the Ayatollah Khomeini said “Muslims hate America.” So there you go. Nothing will be enough to placate the madmen, because the election doesn’t actually switch power away from the mullahs who run the show. In fact, the crazy Mr. A might even be less conservative than Khomeini. A couple years back the president tried to let women attend sports games but the Ayatollah prohibited it.

    So regardless of who wins, the only thing that changes is the name on paper.

    Also note that Obama always refers to the country as “The Islamic republic of Iran,” even though it is not a true republic and disqualifies candidates suspected of being too “reformist.”

    • platypus says:

      I beg to differ – it is a republic. It’s just not a secular republic.

    • beautyofreason says:

      But how is it a true republic if they disqualify most candidates from running and virtually all political power rests in the hands of unelected mullahs whose authority is never put to a vote? The elections are just a front – a mock republic, I’d say. I should remind you that China has so-called debates and elections of their preselected communist party representatives…so does North Korea. Even Saddam Hussein gloated at receiving 98% of the votes in a mock election. It gives the people a way to bear their tyranny under the perception that they can alter their government. Are / were any of these places that allow citizens to freely choose their representatives republics? I would say no. And not in Iran either, where the mullahs have unmitigated power no matter regardless of who takes the president’s seat.

  5. wardmama4 says:

    Over at Drudge – Mr. Mosavi is claiming victory – sounds like MN – I wonder if ACORN has become global?

  6. beautyofreason says:

    UPDATE:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090612/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_iran_election

    Interior ministry says that Ahmadinejad leads with 70% of the vote….Mousavi has 30%.

  7. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    More lies from Mr. A-Whack-Mini-Job. I long for the day when some 850 lb. gorilla of a man smacks him so far down on the head that the sumb*tch is talking through his zipper.


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