Iran election results show approval of government: Ahmadinejad

June 17th, 2009 - 5:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Facebook Tehran, June 17 (DPA) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that the results of the presidential election were an approval of the government’s performance, Fars news agency reported.
“The election was a de facto referendum by 40 million people for the Islamic system in Iran,” Ahmadinejad said in a cabinet session.

“It was also an approval of the performance of the government as 25 (out of the 40) million people approved this form of country management,” the president added.

Ahmadinejad secured more than 62 percent of the votes and was re-elected for a second term in Friday’s presidential election but the opposition, led by Mir-Hossein Moussavi, claims that there was fraud and that he was the legitimate election winner.

Meanwhile, the pro-Ahmadinejad revolutionary guards Wednesday warned that Iranian websites which carry “information causing tensions” - a reference to anti-Ahmadinejad demonstrations - should remove those materials from their sites or face legal action.

Blogs and websites such as Twitter and Facebook - filtered but still accessible though proxies - have served as platforms for supporting Moussavi and for exchanging information on demonstrations.

The culture ministry Tuesday banned all foreign media from covering the demonstrations without prior notice from the culture or interior ministries.

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