Iran Elections: US rejects victory claim by Iran's Ahmadinejad
With Mahmoud Ahmedinejad annouced victory in Iran's election, the United States is rejecting the victory claim by Ahmedinejad. The U.S. is refusing to accept the claim of a landslide re-election victory and is going to look into allegations of election fraud.
Hillary Clinton commented on Ahmedinejad's victory:
"We are monitoring the situation as it unfolds in Iran, but we, like the rest of the world, are waiting and watching to see what the Iranian people decide,"
White House released a statement soon after Hillary Clinton spoke:
"the vigorous debate and enthusiasm that this election generated, particularly among young Iranians," but expressing concern about "reports of irregularities."
Iranian authorities reported that Ahmadinejad was re-elected with 62.6 percent of the vote and called on the public to "respect the vote" to the dismay of Mousavi. Hossein Mousavi believes this is election fraud and people have been protesting in the streets.
Iran does not allow international election monitors. During the 2005 election, when Ahmadinejad won the presidency, there were some allegations of vote rigging from losers, but the claims were never investigated.
See NowPublic's Special News Coverage of the Iran Elections.