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AP: Ahmadinejad Ridicules Expense of US Vote

BY DESSIANING ARIYANTI
Associated Press
Nov 8, 10:39 AM EST

BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday ridiculed the expense of the U.S. election a day after voters kept President Barack Obama for another four years, mocking the American process as a "battleground for capitalists" while speaking at a democracy forum.

Ahmadinejad, whose government has been criticized for human rights abuses and is subject to sanctions for its nuclear programs, told the forum in Indonesia that democracy has become a system where the minority rules over the majority.

"Just take a look at the situation in Europe and the U.S.," Ahmadinejad said during the meeting's opening day on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. An "election, which is one of the manifestations of the people's will, has become a battleground for the capitalists and an excuse for hasty spending."

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