August 3, 2009

BATTLE OF THE PRESIDENTS:

Rebel boycott as Ayatollah Ali Khamenei endorses Ahmadinejad re-election (Martin Fletcher, 8/03/09, Times of London)

State media reported that the former presidents Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami as well as the defeated pro-reform candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi did not attend.

On Wednesday the President will take the oath of office before Iran’s parliament. Seven weeks after the election, however, the regime is still battling to crush the resistance of millions of Iranians who believe that the poll was rigged.

A new wave of protests linked is gathering over the “show trial” of more than 100 opposition figures detained in the crackdown that followed the ballot.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 3, 2009 6:46 AM
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