Monday, May 18, 2009

Khamenei: Don't vote for pro-Western candidates

This basically ensures that Ahmadinejad will be re-elected and that the threats to wipe Israel off the map will continue.

from The Jerusalem Post
May 18, 2009
By Associated Press
Teheran, Iran

Iran's supreme leader on Monday urged Iranians not to vote for pro-Western candidates in the June 12 presidential election, though he gave no clear indication of whether he was supporting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei holds ultimate power in Iran, at the top of the clerical hierarchy above elected figures. His position is crucial for any candidate to win the vote, though he has never made his choice public. While he has strongly praised Ahmadinejad in the past, he has at times rebuked him publicly.

He spoke Monday in a televised speech.

Three others are challenging Ahmadinejad in his bid for re-election. They include a conservative former Revolutionary Guards commander and two reformists.
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