In Iran, Leader approves election result

Iran Materials 15 June 2009 04:10 (UTC +04:00)

Hailing the massive turnout in Friday's presidential election in Iran, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has once again approved its result, Press TV reported.

"The 10th presidential election was an epic and ominous event," Ayatollah Khamenei said on Sunday.

"The Islamic nation of Iran proved that it attaches significance to national dignity and considers resistance against tyranny powers and extremists with the aim of restoring its rights as its major values and honor."

"The wise and vigilant Iranian people showed they are still committed to the path of the architect of the Islamic Revolution the late Imam Khomeini," the Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei said efforts and psychological warfare aimed at discouraging people from voting failed and instead the world witnessed an "unprecedented" turnout in the crucial election.

Friday's election witnessed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad win 24.5 million of the votes -- 62.63 percent.

Mir-Hossein Moussavi came second with 13.2 million votes, followed by Mohsen Rezaei with 678,240 votes and Mehdi Karroubi with 333,635 votes.