IRAN: Ahmadinejad aide says president only got '4 million' votes
Los Angeles Times / Borzou Daragahi
13-Aug-2009 (2 comments)

Iranian opposition figures living abroad have long insisted that the majority of those living in the country were opposed to the Islamic Republic. They've found an unlikely ally in a top aide to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, who made some curious statements to supporters.

According to the hard-line Panjereh weekly, published by the former head of the hard-line Basiji Students Organization, Mashaei said Ahmadinejad received only 4 million votes from his supporters in the June 12 presidential election. In total, Ahmadinejad received about 24 million of the 40 million votes cast in the heavily disputed election. 

"The remaining 20 million [who voted for Ahmadinejad] were in fact critical of the regime and they are more serious than the 13 million" who voted for Mousavi, the weekly quoted Mashaei as saying in its Sunday edition, according to an account on the news website

"These 13 million voters only questioned the four-year performance of Ahmadinejad," he continued.  "But the 20 million were critical of all the years before Ahmadinejad took office."

His comment suggests that Mashaei believes the vast majority of those who voted for Ahmadinejad rejected the performance of the governm... >>>
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Mahmoud's best friend tells the truth

by Ali Lakani on

Mashaei strikes again. You know, if this whole thing wasn't so sad, it would be funny.  With friends like this jerk, Mahmoud doesn't need any enemies--too bad he's got at least about 60 million of them now.  All those lives lost.  It is really sad.

Ahmadinejad lovers on this site take note.



the headline is misleading.

by liberation08 on

the headline is misleading. in the article, mashaei is quoted as having said that ahmadinejad did in fact receive 24 million votes in the election