Ahmadinejad slams big-spending US polls

2012-11-08 10:01

Nusa Dua - Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday dismissed US elections as a "battleground for the capitalists", a day after Barack Obama's re-election.

Ahmadinejad, whose own 2009 disputed re-election sparked protests that were brutally crushed, told a forum in Bali island intended to promote democracy that the Western system meant only the wealthy few held power.

At the start of the two-day Bali Democracy Forum, attended by leaders including Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the Iranian president criticised the situation in Europe and the US.

"An election, which is one of the manifestations of the people's will, has become a battleground for the capitalists, and an excuse for hefty spending," he said.

An estimated $6bn was spent in US federal races, making the 2012 general election the most expensive poll in American history, experts have said.

Ahmadinejad, who did not comment directly on Obama's victory over his Republican rival Mitt Romney, added that "democracy has turned into the rule of a minority over the majority".

Rights record

He said problems continued "even in countries who claim to be the forerunners of democracy".

"Slavery, colonialism and rights abuses continue to be imposed on human beings," he said, without singling out any countries in particular for criticism.

Iran is regularly criticised for its own human rights record, such as the high number of executions.

The president, whose country's disputed nuclear programme has led to crippling international sanctions, made only passing reference to nuclear activities.

"Today there is the development of some weapons even more dangerous than atomic arms," he said without elaborating.

The West claims that Iran is trying to build a nuclear bomb but Iran says its nuclear drive is purely for peaceful purposes.

NAM chair

It is the first time that Iran has attended the democracy gathering, now in its fifth year. Critics say the Islamic republic is seeking to use the meeting to combat its growing isolation as UN and European Union sanctions bite.

Attending the summit "fits in perfectly with the Iranian government strategy of building bridges" with countries outside the West, Amnesty International Iran researcher Drewery Dyke said.

Indonesia, a moderate Muslim-majority country, has maintained strong ties with the Islamic republic.

Iran is currently chair of the Non-Aligned Movement, a grouping of 120 countries, and in August hosted a meeting of the group that it trumpeted as a triumph over the West's attempts to isolate it.

Other high-profile participants at the Bali meeting include Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

There is tight security for the event, which has in the past attracted few top names, with about 2 300 police deployed to guard key areas.

The resort island last month held 10th anniversary commemorations for the 12 October 2002 nightclub bombings that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.

  • Delacruise01 - 2012-11-08 10:42

    Go shallow a nuke! Who are you to speak about democracy and minority ruling the majority.

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-11-08 10:52

      He's an Arabian troll from the middle earth.

      richard.bosmano - 2012-11-08 11:04

      Persian troll Daniel.Even the arabs hate them

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-08 14:10

      I hate him too... This man is the number ONE threat to world peace because he believes his religion is better than everyone else’s and he is not afraid of death because brainwashing from his Ayatollahs. This man is a danger to the human race.

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-11-08 10:51

    How many people did the US have to torture , kill and imprison as a result of their elections? How many universities did they need to send militia to to supress disent , imprison and torture . I didn't see 3 million people comeout in the streets of the capital in protest . Ahmadinejad talking about or even attending a democracy summit is joke, an absurdity.

  • richard.bosmano - 2012-11-08 10:53

    $6 billion from the US flowing back into the US economy. What an idiot dinnerjacket can be

  • LanfearM - 2012-11-08 10:55

    What a hugely massive f*cking JOKE this idiot's comment is! At least the US election wasn't rigged, and Obama didn't need to resort to violence and corruption to get into office like you did Ahmadinejad! This despotic dictator who slaughters his own people because they are dissatisfied with him, has no place in a democracy summit and should keep his hatred-filled words out of any discussion on democracy, as he clearly does not even know the meaning of the word.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-08 11:23

    Basically if people think there's no such thing as a free lunch, they can be sure there's no such thing as a free $10 million donation to a politician! This is how Power and influence are bought in billion dollar elections!

      LanfearM - 2012-11-08 12:00

      This is how power and influence are bought in ALL elections, world-wide. Ahmadinejad did not even buy his election, his simply rigged it and suppressed all dissent with violence.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-08 12:26

      There is not a country that has so called elections that are not marred with corruption, vote rigging and all other forms of deceit. Their last elections (Which elected Ahmadinejad) were less corrupt than those that elected Bush in 2004. I haven't seen any credible evidence for fraud in the Iranian elections while the evidence for the correctness of the results was overwhelming and well documented ... Same as in Russia, Venezuela, etc, apparently western media's motto is "if we don't like the winner, the elections have been rigged". By the way, your argument re buying of power does not detract from Ahmedinejad's!

  • kyle.naidoo.5011 - 2012-11-08 13:45

    @ Fidel, so I take it that the people in the streets protesting the Iran election result was camera tricks, or wait was it the filming of a movie and those people were the extras. Instead of spewing rhetoric , blah blah blah , how about you put that intelect to good use and focus on the south African problems , oh wait thats right it is coz of that A word that this are like this . It is the A word that makes the current government plunder and steal food out of the mouths of SOUTH AFRICANS. Focus of South Africa , and leave the west and Persia to do what they do .

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-08 14:13

      You may want to get out of that mindset before you attempt to debate someone of my knowledge level. Come back here when you have reached an intellectual level which would occasion the notion you are a....person....worth the time and space you occupy.

      LanfearM - 2012-11-09 10:18

      Typical fidel! You cannot answer the question so you attack the commentator and insult them. As well of course as being incredibly arrogant. Why don't you answer the question?

  • kyle.naidoo.5011 - 2012-11-09 12:14

    @ Fidel Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha Intelect,what intelect , knowledge level = schooled at home ... mmmm.If you look at all the comments that you make you should see that your logic is flawed .The communist mentality that you have shows how little you actually know and are open to the idead of the world . You are looking at the world through red colored glasses . You are not a SME ( and that is a subject matter expert for you the home schooled person) about everything .

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