Iran’s Ahmadinejad ridicules expense of US vote
BALI: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ridiculed the expense of the US election, mocking it as a ”battleground for capitalists” while speaking at a democracy forum.

Ahmadinejad’s own government has been criticized for human rights abuses and sanctioned for pursuing a nuclear program many suspect is aimed at obtaining weapons.

A day after Americans re-elected President Barack Obama, the Iranian president 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 US,” Ahmadinejad said as the forum opened Thursday on the 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.”

Spending on the 2012 US presidential campaign was the highest ever, soaring beyond $2 billion as independent fundraising groups financed advertising to promote their favored candidates.

Ahmadinejad’s criticism contrasted with other gathered leaders’ calls for more democracy and freedoms for citizens around the world.
Posted by: tipper 2012-11-09