France 'notes' re-election of Iran's Ahmadinejad: ministry

14th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

France's foreign ministry said Saturday it took note of the re-election of Iranian hardline leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president.

Paris - France's foreign ministry said Saturday it took note of the re-election of Iranian hardline leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president.

But it also noted that the result had been disputed by two of Ahmadinejad's rivals for the presidency, said a ministry statement.

"We have taken note of the results of the presidential elections in Iran as announced by the Iranian authorities, which return Mr Ahmadinejad for a second term in his functions at the head of the Iranian government, and that they have been challenged by two of the candidates," said the statement.

"We are continuing to follow the situation closely," it added.

Ahmadinejad was on Saturday declared winner by a landslide in Iran's hotly-disputed presidential vote.

But the result has led to riots in Tehran as opposition supporters took to the streets and clashed with baton-wielding police in unrest not seen since student riots a decade ago.

AFP / Expatica

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