ROME (AFP) – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini would have annulled the results of Iran’s presidential elections in June, defeated reformist candidate Mehdi Karroubi told an Italian newspaper.

In an interview with La Stampa, published on Saturday, Karroubi said the leader of the Islamic revolution in 1979 would have recoiled at the bloodshed that followed the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president.

“If the Imam Khomeini was alive, he would have annulled these elections (and) condemned the violence and murders,” he said.

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