Iranian authorities maintained that they counted the ballots of a nationwide election in June in only about 10 hours and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad immediately claimed victory, despite widespread suspicions of fraud.
Afghanistan held its presidential election on August 20 and all the ballots are still not counted, and it isn’t clear whether there will be a runoff election because of widespread ballot fraud.
But Ahmadinejad knows how to handle all this. The Tehran Times writes: “President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has congratulated his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai on his re-election. In a telephone conversation on Thursday, Ahmadinejad said that Afghan people have voted for Karzai as he is a ‘devout and competent’ leader.”
You wonder if Karzai can survive that endorsement.
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