July 5th, 2009
09:25 PM ET

Rafsanjani doubts Iranians 'satisfied' with election aftermath

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/07/04/iran.rafsanjani/art.iran.cleric.afp.gi.jpg caption="Ex-President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, here voting in Iran on June 12, says trust has been eroded."]


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 that "any wakened consciousness would be satisfied with the resulting situation."

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

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

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  1. Chuck Denk

    It's a good sign when the chairman of the Assembly of Experts confirms what should be an obvious fact to anyone outside of Iran who is capable of thinking critically about #IranElection, the brutal murder of #Neda, the govnment's refusal to allow public mourning of that brave young woman, whose life was needlessly terminated by Iranians who are effectively terrorizing other Iranians who refuse to accept the staus quo. However, I doubt that will be sufficient to deter Ayatollah Khamenei from continuing to be his own worst enemy. Sooner or later, there will be enough Iranians desiring justice, liberty, freedom of assembly and speech, etc. that another revolution will become inevitable. The Ayatollah's action in confirming the election results as not being sufficiently erroneous to have had an impact on who really should have won the election is just adding more fuel to the fire. It's a matter of time before the desire for freedom goes into spontaneous combustion. At that point Khamenei will be demoted to a footnote in Iranian history, if he does not get out of the way.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  2. Catherine

    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her decision to step down with 18 months left in her term....Clearly a quiter! A very strange lady with over estimation of her own granduer...She makes little sense when she speaks and talks in circles. As a Canadian – I don't get it as to why or how she even became Gov. let alone ran as VP???? She is attractive but really a light weight not very intelligent cheerleader with self-rightous, hypocritical views on just about everything. I can't imagine her as a President (if elected she would end up making even Bush look good).

    July 6, 2009 at 8:40 am |
  3. rghero21

    I was watching a show recently on cnn where anderson talks about police robbing the minority citizens through minor traffic vilations. then confiscating their money, jewlery, and rights. racism never ended in the south and has been passed down thruogh generaions. i honestly dont understand the mind of a person who consideres his race superior over all others when scientifically we are equal. yes maybe genetically some people might be smarter than others, but this is in general for all inteligent beings on this planet. when i hear about the injustices practiced by people who are entitled to enforce the law no matter there ethnicity or race; it makes me think. has the law gone stupid, or does it pretend to be? using money for their own well being. this is the scheme of the evil genius. to work for the law, and enforce it as the idividual decides,is not right. Even the coordinating body might be corrupt. I am hispanic and proud of it. i am proud to be an american and willing to die for my country. recently im enlisting in the military to do my part and answer the call of duty. But what will we fight for if our country enhouses evil with out justice. GOD bless america and GOD bless the rightouse mind. god bless anderson and cnn too.

    July 6, 2009 at 2:04 am |
  4. Alexander

    I'd like to say that cnn is a great channel

    July 6, 2009 at 12:13 am |
  5. Kerim Agha

    It seems the Iranians know to well the pain of 1953 and any sign of anglo/israeli interference would mean the end of the road for them.

    The only time you Americans become passionately involved in another country's internal affairs is when you think that country needs to conquered in order to lay the road for your corporate thieves to drive in.

    A country with 5 thousand years of civilisation and such a proud history, has no need for your pathetic culture of corporate greed, it seems.

    July 6, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  6. Sandra Walsh

    I have never really listened to Michael Jackson's singing voice as I was never a fan. When listening to his voice–as a result of the airing of his recent rehearsals immediately prior to his death–I was struck by his "Soprano" voice. Has anyone ever investigated if he was castrated either surgically or chemically before puberty?

    July 5, 2009 at 11:27 pm |

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