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August 3, 2009

Iran’s Election Ceremony

Ali Khamenei officially endorsed Ahmadinejad’s reelection yet again today in an official ceremony.  Here’s state funded Press TV‘s take:


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) kisses Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani (L) looking on.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) kisses Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani (L) looking on.

As certain political figures join opposition in rejecting the disputed election results, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution strongly backs the president for a second term, but urges him to heed the views of his “critics.”
In a step leading up to his inauguration in Parliament, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Monday threw his weight behind President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday, describing him as “courageous, astute and hardworking.”
The Leader added that his endorsement and the people’s vote remains in place only until President Ahmadinejad stays “on the right path.”
The endorsement decrees are normally read by the previous president — even for the second term of the new president in office.
However, the ceremony took place in the absent of defeated candidates Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, along with powerful cleric and official Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani and former President Mohammad Khatami.
There were also no representatives present from the family of the founder of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

The inauguration is planned for August 5.

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