June 13th, 2009
05:59 PM ET
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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. Zero.

    Disidents? Or Disintry?

    June 13, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Siara

    Is there any next step for the Iranian people? Anyway that the results can be verified or not?

    June 13, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Peter E

    I do support independent monitoring of elections around the world, except as some of our own recent elections have demonstrated the US is still not in a position to lecture others about voter fraud and election irregularities. We really need to fix our own system to set the right example before we go around telling other countries how to vote.

    June 13, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Gary in CA

    Are they being diplomatic with their statements or do they really mean them? Anyone who thought anyone but Ahmidenjad would "win" this "election" must not be paying attention.

    June 13, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Chuck

    Hmmmmand these are the people that Barack Obama wanted to meet with unconditionally. You're a real judge of character, Mr. President.

    June 13, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. Margaret

    You think violence is vigorous? You think Marxism is vigorous? You think the destruction of a nation is vigorous?

    Hillary, I am surprised, and yet nothing surprises me about this administration anymore.

    June 13, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. Limbaugh is a Liberal

    Yes, Iran's elections are flawed, the candidates have to be approved by a small group of traditional leaders... How is that different from the US? We have such an olligarchy that only two parties are really allowed in the White House, no other party is invited to debates, and the primaries are decided by superdelegates. Only candidates who make backroom deals and kiss up to party elders are nominated. And don't think Obama was an exception either! He was kissing up to Ted Kennedy, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi from the moment entered the senate, and now he's compromising all his campaign promises away to the same people who run circles around him!
    We are no better than Iran!

    June 13, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. Zero.

    Sunday the Thirteeth unlucky for some. But more-so for iran. Time to–

    "Drop those Bombs Irael"

    June 13, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. LibertyQueen

    Rigged election, no doubt...just like the ones in the US in 2000 and 2004. Republican and Iranian government...both out of the same cloth.

    June 13, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Easley Blackwood

    Events in Iran certainly tend to contradict the romantic notion that democracies are inherently stable and peaceful. In fact, they are peculiarly prone to stolen elections and civil wars. Both have occurred in the United States.

    June 13, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Dave

    Obama should send his ACORN cronies over immediately. Blago-lib isn't doing anything, he could supervise the deal.

    BTW, imagine Rush Limbaugh said what Letterman did about Sasha or Malia. There ya go, no decent person can support the Democrats.

    June 13, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. @T

    Gee, all that biiig speech and skullduggery by Oblabla for nothing. Hahaha.

    He and Gibbs, of all people, ought to know that sometimes, "change" DOESN'T happen.

    June 13, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Zero.

    You think I got the time wrong. Soon will be Sunday in Tehran. Just another 45mns.

    June 13, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. 9corona

    The Obama administration is only monitoring what trick's it can apply to their next election

    June 13, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Rick

    Monitor what?

    Barry Obama has no say in what goes on over there, rigged or not its thier business and there isnt anything we can do about it.

    June 13, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Sidney Jacobs

    White House monitoring Iranian elections.
    Looking for irregularities.
    How they hell do you think Obama got elected?

    June 13, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. Joanna

    I am sure there is a bunch of funny business here. But it is good to see the people of Iran wanting change.

    June 13, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. KathyC in MInnesota

    It would not surprise me if the Ruling Mullahs in Iran prevented a more Moderate opponent to actually win. For they are the ones pulling the strings.

    If anything, this election in Iran signals another revelution of the people to rally and defy the tolitarian rule they have lived under since 1979. The younger generation of Iranians will not be supressed. Cange is coming to Iran.

    June 13, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. Champly

    How can the Obama administration talk about "irregularities" in Iran when the Obamas have done things like sacking the IG of Americorp ? And why has CNN not done a story about the sacking of the IG of Americorp ? It is a big deal. It is not like a political act, it is more like obstruction of justice.

    June 13, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. Joe the carpenter

    What is it with "conservative" right wing politicians manipulating elections? Looks like Ahmadinejad learned something from bush/rove and co..

    June 13, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. Charlotte

    Looks like Ahmadinejad took a page out of the GW Bush election strategy. Nice to know we aren't the only country whose right wing will rig elections.

    June 13, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  22. Mattison Brooks

    The elections are a farce. Any country that has a supreme ruler, aka the Ayatollah, is just a dictatorship with a nice public face.

    So in reality, it doesnt really matter who wins these elections. Its a theocracy, and not a real democracy.

    June 13, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. HEIDI

    I was hoping that Ahmadinejad’s would lose. He is a person without vision or the abilty to change. He is like the GOP, but for some reason he can't seem to go the way of the dodo.

    June 13, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. Peter Vogel

    It's about time! So far, I've been disgusted by the blind acceptance of the election results by the media. Text messaging and opposition websites are knocked out the day of the election, Moussavi loses in his own home town, the "landslide" numbers are evenly distributed, basically the same percentage all over the country – how much smoke does the press need to see before they yell fire? Instead, nearly all the stories I've seen bury some comment about "allegations of fraud" in the second page of the article. This has been abysmal, embarrassing to the journalistic profession thusfar. Do your jobs – get to the truth.

    June 13, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Earl

    Irregularities? That is nothing new to Americans. Just to review, lets see, rolling black outs in California, hummmm, Eron collapse and Ken Lay dies, hummm, Iraq connection with 911, hummmmm, Dick Cheney and torture, hummmm, Dick Cheney and KBR, hummmm, outing of a CIA agent, hummm....i'm still gay and love sheep, what is new in the world, hummmm??

    June 13, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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