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19:57 | 2009-06-13


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Leader Hails Iranians' Massive Turnout in Election

TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that Iranians should celebrate their 80% turnout and their strong vote of confidence to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the Friday presidential election.

"The participation rate of more than 80 percent and the 24 million votes for the president-elect is real festivity which can guarantee the country's progress and grandeur, national security and lasting joy and spirit, God willing," Supreme Leader said in a statement on Saturday after the interior ministry announced Ahmadinejad's victory in Iran's 10th presidential election.

He further underlined that Iranians' large participation in the Friday election proved the country's immunity against enemies' political and psychological invasions, and urged all the people, specially the youth, to keep vigilant and show tolerance.

Ayatollah Khamenei also called on the supporters of President Ahmadinejad and those of other candidates to "avoid any provocative behavior and word and suspicion" for the person elected as president in the Friday election is now the president of the entire Iranian nation, "and all people, including Ahmadinejad's yesterday rivals, should now stand united in supporting him".

The remarks by the Leader came after the incumbent President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, won a second 4-year term in office in the presidential election yesterday.

According to the Iranian Interior Ministry's election headquarters, from a total number of 39,165,191 ballots cast in Iran's 10th presidential election on Friday June 12, Ahmadinejad won 24,527,516 votes, which accounts for 62.63% of the votes, while his main rival Mir-Hossein Mousavi could secure only 13,216,411 (33.75%) of the votes.

Principlist politician and former chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Mohsen Rezai Mir-Qaed stood third with 678,240 votes (1.73%) and former Iranian Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karroubi came last with 333,635 votes (0.85%) cast in his favor.

The Interior Ministry also said that 409,389 votes have been annulled.

The ministry's election headquarters also put the rate of public participation at 85%. According to presidential election laws, all Iranian nationals above 18 years of age were eligible to vote, meaning that around 46.2 million Iranian citizens could take part in the election.

A number of 45,713 ballot boxes were stationed in 368 cities and 558 districts inside the country while 304 ballot boxes in 32 polling stations gathered the votes of the Iranian expatriates in 130 world countries.