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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Rafsanjani doubts ‘any wakened consciousness’ satisfied with Iran election

Tehran, Iran (CNN)-- A former Iranian president who backed the top opposition leader in last month's disputed elections has delivered strong and carefully worded support of the grass-roots protest movement, saying he doubts "any wakened consciousness would be satisfied with the resulting situation."

Former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani-chairman of Iran's Assembley of Experts and a supporter of opposition leader Mir-Hussein Moussavi was quoted on Saturday by the semi-official Iranian Labor News Agency.

Rafsanjani, who heads the group responsible for appointing or removing teh supreme leader was silent and largely unseen during the first two chaotic weeks following the contested June 12 elections. But Rafsanjani - a key politician of the Islamic republic--has become increasingly vocal about the elections results that gave hardline incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad an overwhelming victory.

Last week, Iran's election authority, the Gaurdian Council, said it considered the election outcome a closed case.

"People from across the country participated in the elections with excitement," ILNA quoted Rafsanjani in Saturday's story. "But unfortunately the events that occured after that and the difficulties created for some, left a bitter tast, and I don't think that any wakened consciousness would be satisfied with the resulting situation."

He referred to the recent expressions of opinions across the country regarding the election crisis as a reflection of a power struggle "at the highest levels of the system."


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