Legitimate elections? Surely the US has absolutely NOTHING to say about that. Surely, there isn’t a soul within these borders who would even dare utter a syllable about someone else’s election. Shhhh!
June 15 (Bloomberg) — Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad vowed defiance against external “threats” as he
defended his disputed re-election. He may have vanquished for
now the internal threats to his authority.
The president’s victory and its endorsement by Iran’s
Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sidelines those in the
Islamic republic’s theocracy who favor easing tensions with the
West, according to analysts. While his main opponent, former
Prime Minister Mir Houssein Mousavi, says the vote was rigged
and demands its annulment, his complaints and protests by his
supporters are unlikely to shake the regime, said the analysts.
The election results mean leaders who still adhere strictly
to the principles of the 1979 Islamic Revolution have beaten
back a challenge to their dominance, said Geneive Abdo, an Iran
analyst at the Century Foundation, a New York research group.