Ahmadinejad trying to buy votes: Rivals

Iran

TEHERAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s ch-allengers are accusing him of trying to buy votes ahead of the June 12 election in the country by handing out cheques to the poor.

The government is distributing checks worth $50 and $100 to students, teachers and poor families in mostly rural areas and small towns. But it denies the handouts are related to the election.

Leading reformist candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi, says the payments are actually an affront to the dignity of Iranians. Conservative challenger Mohsen Rezaei says the president should create jobs for the young instead of giving out state funds.

Ahmadinejad faces a tough challenge in the race. His popularity is declining and he is blamed for the country’s economic troubles.

Source: The Times of India

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