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18:03 | 2009-06-13


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Presidential Aide: Ahmadinejad to Continue Previous Policies

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian president's press advisor Ali-Akbar Javanfekr announced that Ahmadinejad would continue his previous policies after winning the polls in the 10th presidential election.

Following the announcement of early election results by the Interior Ministry which indicated a landslide victory for the incumbent president, Javanfekr said that Ahmadinejad will unveil more "corruption cases" in his second presidential term.

"The fight against economic corruption and illegal enrichment is a general demand and conforms to the principles of the Islamic Revolution," he added.

"The turnout and the vote for Ahmadinejad demonstrates strong support for the way the government has conducted its policies and is a vehement 'no' to our enemies," he went on saying.

Winning the polls "demonstrates the clear support and confidence of Iranians in the Islamic Republic and in the Leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei)," Javanfekr told AFP.

The remarks by the presidential aide came before final election results surfaced. According to the final results Ahmadinejad won a majority of votes and was re- elected for a second four-year term.

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 ministry's election headquarters also put the rate of public participation at 85%.

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.