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Iran's Supreme Leader criticizes Western "meddling"

2009-06-29 09:31 BJT

Special Report: Iran presidential election 09 |

TEHRAN, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday criticized "meddling" of Western countries in Iran's internal affairs, local satellite Press TV reported.

Khamenei slammed the "meddling statements of some U.S. and European officials in Iran's internal affairs" when he was addressing the judiciary chief and staff in Tehran.

"These (U.S. and European) officials, with their absurd comments on Iran, talk in a way as if they had no problem of themselves and there was just Iran's problem," Iran's state TV IRIB quoted him as saying in another report.

On June 13, Iran's Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli said incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won 62.63 percent of the total ballots of the 10th presidential election on June 12, while his main rival Mir-Hossein Mousavi got 33.75 percent.

After the official declaration, Mousavi protested "strongly" the "obvious violations" in Iran's presidential election. He also appealed to the Guardians Council for the cancellation of the election results.

On Wednesday, Iran's supreme leader said that the Iranian authorities would not give in to the pressures concerning the presidential election results.

Iran's supreme leader has ordered the Guardians Council, the top legislative body, to investigate the claims of "fraud" in the recent presidential election.

According to a Press TV report on Tuesday, the Guardians Council has rejected any annulment of the June 12 presidential election since the council has found "no major irregularities" in the election, signaling the second term of presidency for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Editor: Zhang Pengfei | Source: Xinhua