Iran's supreme leader supports President Ahmadinejad

Iran Materials 19 June 2009 15:50 (UTC +04:00)

Iran's Supreme Religious Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said at his remarks during Friday prayers that his position is close to that of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Criticizing pre-election debates by presidential candidates, Khamenei said mutual "black PR" was partially used at debates. "Ayatollah Rafsanjani and Natig Nouri and his families were accused of corruption. This is wrong. Other candidates also called Ahmadinejad liar and accused him," the Supreme Leader said.

Khamenei he has many differences with Rafsanjani regarding foreign and domestic issues. Supreme Leader's position coincides with that of Ahmadinejad most of all.

Khamenei once again described Ahmadinejad "elected president of people" and rejected falsification of election outcome. "There might be some irregularities in the elections, but falsifying 24 million votes for Ahmadinejad is less likely to happen," he said.

Khamenei said those who did not agree with election results are responsible the blood that was shed during unrest.

Millions of Iranian protested against results of the 12 June presidential elections. The demonstration held on June 15 killed 13.