June 13th, 2009
05:59 PM ET
9 years ago

White House monitoring ‘reports of irregularities’ in Iran

Iranians protest against the reelection of Ahmadinejad outside the interior ministry in Tehran.

Iranians protest against the reelection of Ahmadinejad outside the interior ministry in Tehran.

(CNN) - The White House is watching closely the results of the Iranian election, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Saturday.

“Like the rest of the world, we were impressed by the vigorous debate and enthusiasm that this election generated, particularly among young Iranians. We continue to monitor the entire situation closely, including reports of irregularities,” Gibbs said in a statement.

The Iranian government announced Saturday that incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won the nation’s closely watched election with 62.63 percent of the vote. The results were met with skepticism from supporters of the main challenger, former Prime Minster Mir Hossein Moussavi.

Related: Ahmadinejad hails election as protests grow

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed Gibbs on Saturday, saying, “We watched closely the enthusiasm and the very vigorous debate and dialogue that occurred in the lead up to the Iranian elections.

“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. The United States has refrained from commenting on the election in Iran, we obviously hope that the outcome reflects the genuine will and desire of the Iranian people,” she said.

Angry crowds on Saturday gathered in Iran’s capital and broke into shops, tore down signs and started fires as they protested Ahmadinejad’s re-election, according to a CNN team on the ground.

Before the vote count ended, Moussavi issued a sharply worded letter urging the counting to stop because of "blatant violations" and lashed out at what he indicated was an unfair process.

Moussavi said the results from "untrustworthy monitors" reflected "the weakening of the pillars that constitute the sacred system" of Iran and "the rule of authoritarianism and tyranny." Independent vote monitors were banned from polling places.

What officials have called an unprecedented voter turnout at the polls Friday had been expected to boost Moussavi's chances of winning the presidency.

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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Dawn in Pa

    I think it was rigged, just like 2000 US elections of the United States...

    June 13, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. katiec

    Who counted the votes??

    June 13, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. WDM

    The party of no.

    June 13, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. WDM

    This reminds me of Florida 2000.

    June 13, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. tcaudilllg

    Now would be a good time to get a nice U.N. resolution which sends paratroopers into Iran and secures the democratic Moussavi victory. And if not, you can look forward to sending them in anyway some time in the next four years, probably under grimmer circumstances.

    June 13, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Nestor, Austin, TX


    Didn't President Obama say his speech in Cairo would cause Iran to be reasonable? Is he a more naive version of Neville Chamberlain?

    June 13, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Kevin -- Evansville, Indiana

    It's probably a good think the Iranian version of George Bush was "elected" to a second term. Like Bush, it gives him more rope to hang himself with. By the time four years rolls around, people there are really be sick of him and his ilk.

    June 13, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. DaBird

    Ahmadinejad would do anything to win an election. I wonder if ACORN is in Iran signing up fake voters? It's now four states where ACORN has been convicted, but Clyburn and Nadler are corrupt and won't investigate.

    June 13, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. S Callahan

    his is the nation that has not obeyed the Lord its God, or resonded to correction. Jeremiah 7:28
    I will pray for the citizens that put good faith into voting. It's the will of the people that will rise.

    June 13, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. David form WI

    This situation in Iran a surprise to anyone?

    I just hope and pray Iran does not have a Tienanmen Square (on a national level) situation.

    Don't forget the popular candidate who didn't win wasn't exactly a saint himself.

    June 13, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. Lauren

    Did ACORN send over people to sign up voters more than once so they could try to vote multiple times like they did here in the USA?

    Funny, we have an organization here in the USA who has conducted and even promoted voter fraud ( ACORN ) and the White House sure will not comment on that,,, will they?????????????

    ACORN should under investigation, but the White House will not even THINK about doing that. But they are keeping a close eye on Iran??????????

    Yea,,,,, the double standard prevails again, the black man in the White House is watching everything except the people who got him to where he is today.

    June 13, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Alfred E. Neumann

    Perhaps the White should refer them to Bush v Gore or Franken v Coleman (aka Dumb v Dumber).

    June 13, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. democrat no mas(Independant now)

    So, ACORN has offices in Iran too?

    June 13, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    Sounds like the year 2000 all over again, doesn't it? Different country, different warmonger.

    Just saying .....................................................

    June 13, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Steve in PA

    And what exactly will the US Government do if there were Irregularities? Nothing. There is absolutely nothing we can do if Iran had a corrupt election. I expected this outcome from the start and I watched as I was proven right. The Iranian News Agency was reporting Ahmad's win with only a few % reporting in. A Government controlled News Agency reporting that their great leader won. Big surprise.

    It's up to the people of Iran to stand up to their corrupt leaders and remove them from office if he did indeed steal the election. I won't be surprised if there is violence and protests that arise from this outcome.

    June 13, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Denna

    Wow. A fixed election and it's NOT in the U.S. I guess we do have some influence in Iran after all. The Iranians are stuck with a president they don't want. We all know what that's like, right? I hope the people of Iran prevail in getting the president they want before the one in office ruins things like our unwanted president did.

    June 13, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. bimmer

    Perhaps should send some laxatives.

    June 13, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. kenny cole

    no comment

    June 13, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Legna

    Big deal ...we can't even monitor our own spending....How are we going to monitor somebody else's election????

    June 13, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. Donkey Party

    It's more than apparent that Iran's ultra right-winged ruling theocracy has meddled in the vote results. I can only hope that the people of Iran will find it in their hearts to throw the firebrand religious zealots out of power and return the country to it's people. This is a clear example of why religious fanatics (Huckabee, Romney, Palin) have no business in government.

    June 13, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Reggie

    Obama, watch no more! It's clear that the election was rigged. Now what?

    June 13, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. TCM

    yeah....the white house is monitoring...because they know this country is highly dissatisfied with their incompetence...and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if we start having riots in Washington, showing the discontent created by the Obama administration.

    June 13, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. susan

    We can only wish the Iranians well. They deserve better than what they are getting and should not have to riot for their rights and a fair election.
    We are used to election fraud and ballots running out, but we have never had our telecommunications cut off and information from the outside world.
    There has to be something wrong with a government when they demand all foreign media leave.

    June 13, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. John

    What else is new when we see or talk about this country. They even cheat their own people out of their vote. What a farce Iran is. Democracy my arse. Dictatorship lives with the people of Iran. Only until the people themselves rise up and fight these crooks and thieves, nothing will get done. To the people of Iran, my prayers are with you. You have been robbed again by the very people who say they there for your rights and and freedoms. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is an idiot

    June 13, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Wow...such an election turn out...yet so few are celebrating in the street and writing to family and friends!

    June 13, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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