Following President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's landslide victory in the 10th Presidential Elections, Syrian, Egyptian, Palestinian and Lebanese leaders and officials cabled messages of congratulation on Saturday on his re-election. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Leader of Egyptian Ikhwan al-Muslemin Mohammad-Mehdi Akef, Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), and Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement and the Lebanese Movement, Hezbollah, in separate messages congratulated President Ahmadinejad on his victory.Also at IRIB Radio, we get a concise version of the Supreme Leader blather about how wonderful the election was:
They wished him success and prosperity.
President Ahmadinejad gained 24,527,516 or 62.63 percent of the total 39,165,191 votes cast, and stood winner of the 10th Presidential Elections held nationwide on Friday June 12.
The Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said the talented and great Iranian nation's powerful and calm presence and participation in the epic 10th presidential elections on Friday 12 June was a blessing and mercy from God Almighty, and an unparalleled and unique event in Iran's history. In a message to the Iranian nation on Saturday, the Supreme Leader stressed that the Iranian people's epic participation in Friday's presidential election was a startling and unique event, without precedent, which showed the political awareness and maturity of the Iranian people, their resolute determination as well as revolutionary stance, displaying a wonderful spectacle to the world.Meanwhile, Al-Jazeera coverage of the election aftermath currently features this picture:
In his message Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei emphasized that the (democratic) power which the Iranian people displayed with such calm and dignity, and which has now been recorded in Iranian history, is such an extraordinary and important event that conventional words fail to do it justice. [...]
Juan Cole is not buying the election results, but MPAC-UK is:
Mahmoud Ahmadinjead has won the Iranian presidential vote. Again.I'm not kicking myself. I'm sitting back to watch the fun.
One thing we can be sure of is that the Zionists must be kicking themselves. Regardless of what excuses anyone makes about "oh, why is the margin so big?" they should understand how democracy works:
More votes = that candidate is more popular.
MPACUK congratulates President Ahmadinejad. [...]
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