Iran’s incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed Saturday to fight corruption and social injustice in the country after emerging victorious in a controversial presidential vote he called "completely free" and a "great victory."
“Iranians want justice, dignity, and want their country to assume a high position among other nations in technological development and respect for people’s needs and choices,” Ahamdinejad said in a televised address to the nation.
He added that he will not choose members of his new cabinet based on their political affiliation but on their commitment to the "genuine service of Iranian people."
Ahmadinejad shied away from speaking about the massive violent protests that followed the official announcement of his victory with a large unexpected 63 percent vote.
Today, the people of Iran have inspired other nations and disappointed their ill-wishers
"Today, the people of Iran have inspired other nations and disappointed their ill-wishers," Ahmadinejad said after being declared victorious in the 10th presidential election held Friday.
He also called on his supporters to gather on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. (12:30 GMT) in the capital's Vali Asr Square. Sunday is the birth anniversary of Fatima Zahra, daughter of the Prophet Mohammad.
The square was on Saturday the site of clashes between police and angry supporters of Ahmadinejad's main rival, Mir Hossein Mousavi, who blamed vote "rigging" for his defeat at the hands of the president.
United States Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said the United States has refrained from commenting on the election in Iran, only to add, “We obviously hope that the outcome reflects the genuine will and desire of the Iranian people.”
"We watched closely the enthusiasm and the very vigorous debate and dialogue that occurred in the lead-up to the Iranian election.”
In Moscow, the chairman of the Duma (parliament) Committee on International Affairs Konstantin Kosachev hoped for more "understanding and wisdom" from Ahmadinejad in the new term.
In joint appearance with Clinton, Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said, "Canada is deeply, deeply concerned by reports about voting irregularities in the Iranian election.”
“We're troubled by reports of intimidation of opposition candidates' offices by security forces."
Arab League Secretary General Arm Mousa, meanwhile, said he hoped the second term of Ahmadinejad would witness progress in Arab-Iranian relations and cooperation to establish peace in the Middle East.
“Also that the security, regional security in the region will be paramount in working together to free the region from all weapons of mass destruction including nuclear weapons."
We watched closely the enthusiasm and the very vigorous debate and dialogue that occurred in the lead-up to the Iranian election
United States Secretary of State Hilary Clinton