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Did Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Come in Third?

According to the UK Telegraph, leaked election results, Ahmadinejad actually came in third place (emphasis mine).

Supporters had been due to turn out en masse in Tehran on Monday afternoon, despite government warnings to stay off the streets.

But this morning, a statement on Mr Mousavi's campaign website announced that the demonstration had been postponed - although it said Mr Mousavi would go to the site to ensure any supporters who showed up remained calm.

Mr Mousavi's wife and co-campaigner, Zahra Ranavard, was reported as warning that riot squads would be equipped with live ammunition, raising the prospect of serious bloodshed.

Iran's Interior Ministry said Mr Mousavi would be responsible for any consequences if he went ahead with the protest.

Mr Mousavi's cancellation of the protest came as sporadic disturbances continued around the Iranian capital, and reports circulated of leaked interior ministry statistics showing him as the clear victor in last Friday's polls.

The statistics, circulated on Iranian blogs and websites, claimed Mr Mousavi had won 19.1 million votes while Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won only 5.7 million.

The two other candidates, reformist Mehdi Karoubi and hardliner Mohsen Rezai, won 13.4 million and 3.7 million respectively. The authenticity of the leaked figures could not be confirmed.

This is in contrast to a Washington Post article that says Ahmadinejad's election was legitimate because it reflected a poll the Post conducted several weeks before the election.


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Comments (9)

Your WaPo link does not sug... (Below threshold)
James H:

Your WaPo link does not suggest that the poll was conducted by the Post.

How do you say ACORN in Far... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

How do you say ACORN in Farsi ?

This excellent Iranian elec... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

This excellent Iranian election event is completely trashing the neocon's beloved Iran-is-a-police-state-and-Ahmadinejad-is-the-New-Hitler meme and Boy, are the neocons pissed.

The neocons' refacing of their used fictions in real time and under duress and in even more novel ways than before will be a marvel to behold seeing that "wisdom" and credibility demands ready and obvious explanation, and quickly (the downside of being foreign policy-"smart").

Ah! Rebuilt starter #1: "George Bush is the inspiration of the Iranian electorate these days."---as heard on the Laura Ingraham Show today by me. Or was it John Gibson?

Unfortunately for THAT meme, George Bush boasted of his administrations' proclivity to insert domestic terrorism squads within Iran for the purpose of destabilizing Iranian society in 2006. Therefore, Bush was Ahmadinejad's political "buddy" in a devil suit. Ahmadinejad owes Bush a small pension.


Bryan,You sure it wa... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Bryan,
You sure it wasn't a Chicktract you were reading?

completely trashing the ... (Below threshold)
cirby:

completely trashing the neocon's beloved Iran-is-a-police-state-and-Ahmadinejad-is-the-New-Hitler meme

...except for the trivial problem of the Iranian police state currently cracking down on their dissident citizens, killing some and beating the living crap out out thousands, arresting some unknown number in the process. Targeted power outages, cell phone shutdowns... what part of that makes you think "NOT a police state?"

It's amazing how so many lefties will overlook big, obvious things like widespread crackdowns on an entire country, so they can create a whole new category of "neocon" strawmen.

I dont know about third or ... (Below threshold)
914:

I dont know about third or fourth in Iran. But if ahkmed ran for any dems senate seat, he would be a shoe in for at least 1st or 2nd.

"...except for the trivial ... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"...except for the trivial problem of the Iranian police state currently cracking down on their dissident citizens, killing some and beating the living crap out out thousands, arresting some unknown number in the process. Targeted power outages, cell phone shutdowns... what part of that makes you think "NOT a police state?"-cirby

You should study the USA between the years 1882-1938, roughly. The US government basically franchised the suppression of voting and labor rights via mercenary armies of "detectives", "deputies" often culled from the new KKK. Plus mobsters, gangsters, of course. People were branded "syndicalists", reds, pinks. Ancient Chief Sitting Bull was even assassinated because the government was Nervous about not being able to Control a couple thousand Sioux on a desolate reservation.

Is Iran a "police state" though? A weak one at best (like the USA). Youtube: Iran muscle cars.

In conclusion: everyone should be plesded with the developments in Iran, but the neocons and their minions ain't. Because W's raison d'etre has crashed, and theirs'. Heehee.

bryanD, Do you dance... (Below threshold)

bryanD,
Do you dance in the street, giving out candy
when you post your comments?

No, he saves the candy to l... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

No, he saves the candy to lure the wee children into his windowless van...




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