Iran: Profile and Statements of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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On June 24, 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the presidency of Iran, in a run-off against the former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, where he also became the first non-cleric president in 24 years. This report covers his background his victory over the well-known former president, Rafsanjani and his confrontational remarks about the West, including Israel, Jews, Zionists, Palestine, the Holocaust, and the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah. The report presents Ahmadinejads comments in chronological order, from October 26, 2005 to December 11, 2006. For further information and analysis on Ahmadinejad, Iran, and U.S. options, see CRS Report RL32048, Iran U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses, by Kenneth Katzman. This report will be updated as warranted.
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