Ahmadinejad Questions Western Electoral Systems

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Bali: Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has criticized the electoral systems in the United States and Europe, saying elections have turned into a battleground for the capitalists.
“Elections, which are a major manifestation of the people’s will, have turned into the scene for the propaganda campaign of the capitalists and huge expenses and many independent, decent and efficient figures do not get the chance to participate in [their countries’] ruling,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech on the opening day of the 5th Bali Democracy Forum in Indonesia on Thursday.
He added that there is a “wide gap” between the slogans and the attitudes of Western officials before and after the election.
The Iranian chief executive emphasized that campaign expenses have made the ruling governments in the US and certain European countries show commitment to special groups, preventing them from addressing public demands.
He said most of the world’s nations are unhappy with the ongoing global situation, adding the “slogan of change” can win a lot of votes in every part of the world due to growing popular dissatisfaction.
He questioned democracy in the US and Europe, saying the majority of the people cannot play a determining role in basic decisions.
Ahmadinejad made the remarks a day after Barack Obama was elected the US president for a second term defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
The American president is not elected by the people’s direct votes to the candidates.
In the US presidential election, citizens cast ballots for a slate of members of the Electoral College. These electors in turn elect the president. The final result is based on adding together the number of the electoral votes in every state.

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