First Published: 2009-07-22

 
Mousavi: more woes for Iran under Ahmadinejad
 

Opposition leader says new government of Ahmadinejad could cause domestic, international problems for Iran.

 

Middle East Online

'This will result in a lack of efficiency and legitimacy'

TEHRAN - Opposition leader and defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi said on Wednesday the new government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could cause domestic and international problems for Iran.

Mousavi, who has refused to acknowledge Ahmadinejadís victory in the June 12 election, said senior technocrats, managers and other professionals were not keen to work with the new government.

"You are facing a government which the elite do not want to work with, and on the other hand the government too is not interested in using the experience of the elite," Mousavi was quoted as saying by the ILNA news agency.

"This will result in a lack of efficiency and legitimacy, which can increase domestic and foreign problems," he said, speaking to academics and journalists.

"The only way out of this crisis is to pay attention to the peopleís interests, which can provide the ground for politics to flourish."

Despite a severe post-poll crackdown on his supporters, Mousavi has remained defiant in protesting against Ahmadinejadís re-election, calling it a "shameful fraud."

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Tehran after last month's election to demonstrate against Ahmadinejadís victory, and in the ensuing violence at least 20 people were killed.

 

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