Tehran: Ahmadinejad wins second presidential term up to 2013
With most of the votes counted, the election committee chairman in Tehran awarded president Mahound Ahmadinejad a 66 percent victory over his main reformist challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi’s 33 percent with the remainder divided among the two last contestants in Iran’s highly-charged presidential election. .
Earlier, Mousavi claimed to have toppled the president with 65 percent of the record-breaking turnout and alleged widespread irregularities. His disappointed supporters clashed with police in Tehran when the apparent results unfolded.
Turnout is estimated to top 80 percent of Iran’s 46 million eligible voters. If the official results are confirmed, no run-off will be necessary.
debkafile‘s Iranian sources report that the Islamic Republic’s authorities appear to have swung into action to ensure the hard-line president’s re-election and try and stop Moussavi, whose promise of change attracted many of the under-30s who make up three-quarters of the electorate.
The apparent freedom of debate permitted in the election campaign was held up in the West as denoting a certain easing in the regime’s autocratic rule and a pointer to Mousavi’s election which was heavily staked by the US administration, Western and Israeli media. debkafile‘s Iranian sources report that in Tehran, the winner is preparing to raise the ante for consenting to dialogue with the parties who backed his rival.
While improving its image abroad, the authorities were accused by Mousavi’s supporters of quietly preparing mechanisms to rig the results to make sure Ahmadinejad won the election in the first round.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly 400 published June 11 disclosed some of the alleged ruses:
Interior minister Sadeqh Mahsooli was accused of planting “mirror ballot boxes” at voting stations, pre-stuffed with mostly Ahmadinejad ballots ready to switch with the real ballots in precincts where opposition support was preponderant.
By not requiring voters to present photo IDs and running off more than a million fake IDs in Qatar for use by the hundreds of thousands of loyal “bassij” (voluntary militiamen), the Tehran establishment made it possible for a huge number of voters to cast ballots in more than one polling station and substantially pad Ahmadinejad’s support.
The Iranian government also set up a vast number of mobile ballots where voters were not required to provide their addresses. In former elections, bogus votes were uncovered by comparing the numbers cast with the number of registered voters in a given precinct. This kind of supervision is ruled out by mobile stations.
Crucial policies are not determined by the president but by the clerical establishment headed by the supreme ruler and the president of Iran