Iran's President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed today to turn Iran into an "exemplary, developed and powerful Islamic society". Ahmadinejad, the hard-line mayor of Tehran, defeated former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a moderate conservative, by a wide margin in Friday's run-off election. Today, he thanked voters for their trust and called on Iranians to put behind them past rivalries. He said: "I definitely feel very honoured that people have trusted me and have been kind to me. It's a great honour for me, but the honour of serving people is even greater, whether it is in the municipality, in the presidency or sweeping streets for this nation, it does not make any difference. " Rafsanjani, in comments quoted by the students' ISNA news agency, alleged the regime had used "all means" to illegally "intervene in the election". But he said that "everyone must help" President-elect Ahmadinejad. A U.S. State Department spokeswoman called the Iranian election "fundamentally flawed" and "out of step" with democratic developments in region. Britain, France and Germany expressed hope that under Ahmadinejad, Iran's dialogue with the EU on its controversial nuclear program will continue. Iranian hardliners have been urging a tougher stance in nuclear talks with the EU.