چهارشنبه ۱۷ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۰۱:۴۰ - ۷ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶
Iran's President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to soon start outlining his plans for his cabinet and the future of the Islamic Republic following his landslide election victory.
After official results of Friday's runoff showed him beating former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani 61.6 percent to nearly 35.9 percent, Ahmadinejad on Saturday said he saw his mission as turning Iran into a modern, advanced, powerful and Islamic society. Ahmadinejad, the current Tehran mayor, is the first non-cleric to be elected Iranian president since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, though he is considered to hold hard-line religious conservative views.
Defeated candidate Rafsanjani alleged that Iran's ruling clerical regime had used "all means" to illegally "intervene in the election," but said he would not appeal the result.
A U.S. State Department spokeswoman called the Iranian election "fundamentally flawed."
A spokeswoman for European Union foreign policy Chief Javier Solana said the EU is willing to work with any Iranian government ready to make progress on human rights, nuclear non-proliferation, the fight against terrorism and the Middle East situation.
President Vladimir Putin offered congratulations to Ahmadinejad and said Russia is willing to continue nuclear cooperation with Iran, though keeping in mind Iran's obligations on non-proliferation.