Iranian Spiritual Leader: Clashes after presidential elections in 2009 secured country
Clashes that took place after the presidential elections in 2009, secured the country from political microbes, Iranian Spiritual Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today during his speech in the city of Gum, FARS news agency reports.
According to Khamenei, enemies, by creating a confrontation in the country, tried to cast a shadow on the widespread participation of the people in presidential elections, but they failed. Participation of 40 million people in the presidential elections in 2009, Ayatollah Khamenei assessed as a referendum in favor of the current regime in Iran.
Iran held the presidential elections in June 12, 2009. According to the official results of the presidential elections June 12, 2009, the current Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got 62.6 percent of votes. His main rival, Mir Hossein Mousavi managed to get 33.75 percent of votes. Mousavi's supporters accused the authorities of rigging the election results and demanded their cancellation. Mass protests escalated into violent clashes with police. Several people died. About 1,032 activists were arrested. Some of them were released.