Ayatollah Upholds Election: Iran’s Leaders Would Not Cheat

June 19, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaking to an assembled crowd at Tehran University, upheld the country’s election results, throwing his full support behind President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to the dismay of the thousands of supporters who hit Iran’s streets this past week, protesting the election results.

The Ayatollah dismissed allegations of electoral fraud, insisting Iran would not cheat, because such behavior would be considered “treacherous.” The Supreme Leader insisted it was not possible for the Islamic Republic to rig the presidential election, because it would be impossible to rig the result when the winner secured a win by such a huge margin of 11 million votes.

The Ayatollah pledged his full support behind Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, noting that both men share the same political and social beliefs.

He issued ominous warnings to protesters, calling on the street demonstrations to stop immediately, saying disputes should be decided at the ballot box and not Tehran’s streets. He said any violence would be blamed on the leaders of the protests.

The supporters of Mousavi pledged to continue their protests against the election on Saturday.

The Ayatollah also made a point at taking a swipe at Western nations for meddling in Iran’s affairs, “keep your nose out of our business, these are domestic affairs you are meddling in and you are responsible for the allegations of vote rigging to begin with.”

He referred to the three presidential candidates, as trustworthy and loyal to the Islamic Republic and advised them to contest the election by legal means. The Guardian Council has invited all of the losing candidates, to appear before the council tomorrow to discuss their concerns.

Now that the Supreme Leader of Iran has thrown his full support behind Ahmadinejad and the suspect election results, it remains to be seen how authorities will now treat the swarms of green-arm-banded supporters of Mousavi.

If protesting supporters of Mousavi continue to hit the streets in direct defiance of the nation’s Supreme Leader, the resulting political turmoil could be far reaching.

Do the young protesters have the stomach for the violence and jailing to come, when the government begins to crack down on dissenting voices?

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