June 13th, 2009
05:59 PM ET
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White House monitoring ‘reports of irregularities’ in Iran

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(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. How Nice

    If everything was Bush's fault, why do you think you have a mandate to make the same spending mistakes to the 10th power, effectively bankrupting our country, devaluing our currency and setting the stage for Argentina style inflation and higher interst rates.

    Wait till Obama's policies hit everyone with massive tax increases everywhere you turn.

    I feel like I am living through Jimmy Carter Two.

    What a bunch of bull, save jobs, just show us how losing 2 million jobs since you took office created or saved 150,000.



    June 13, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Chris

    This is bad. It has to be voter fraud or something that controlled the voting thing. Cutting cell phone services and others to stop Mousavi from winning was purely demonic and unjustified. I have a bad feeling Ahmadinejad will put Iran on grounds for a totalitarian dictatorship. For me, I wanted Mousavi to win so he can end the nightmare, but the Supreme Leader....what supreme leader? Iran needs to stop this corruption!

    June 13, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. rob

    Lol you know they rigged that election

    June 13, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    It seem to be the year 2000 in Iran (remember Florida????)

    June 13, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Andrew

    While I hope that violence doesn't erupt, I do hope the people of Iran protest and investigate the strange results of this election!

    June 13, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. ib

    Obama should love Iran; the goverment controlls everything there. Obama loves it when it when the gov. has controll. The world is laughing at us because Obama thinks he can talk and reason with them while they are thumbing their noses at us. Obama is a weak president when it comes to world affairs.

    June 13, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. GOPer

    A sad day for Iran and democracy.

    June 13, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. The Iranian people HAVE decided.....

    Obama's speech in Egypt had no effect on Iranians as they stuck with Ahmadinejad--chalk up another loss for Obama.

    June 13, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Ernie in LA

    The WH needs to be monitored for "irregularities".

    June 13, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Spencer

    "Irregularities"? Half the country is poised on the edge of revolt amidst widespread claims of improper election procedures, and the only title given to that is "irregularities"?

    June 13, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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