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Last Updated: Monday, 27 June, 2005, 13:08 GMT 14:08 UK
Iran's new man - in his own words
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Mr Ahmadinejad vowed 'moderation' in his first news conference
Iran's new President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has already given the world an idea of his plans for the country.

The following are quotes from Mr Ahmadinejad speaking before and after his surprise win in Friday's election.

ON WINNING THE ELECTION

This is a great honour. But even greater is the honour to serve this nation, as mayor, president or road sweeper. It is no different. The greatest honour is to be certain that one is serving the great people of Iran.

ON GOVERNMENT POLICY

On the domestic scene, government policies will be based on moderation and any extremism will not only be avoided, but will be dealt with seriously.

ON RELATIONS WITH THE US

The policy of the Islamic Republic towards America has been stated repeatedly. With high self-esteem and self-confidence, our nation now is moving in the direction of development and perfection without really needing the United States.

ON US CRITICISM OF THE ELECTION

As for the US government calling the elections undemocratic, it is everyone's right to express their views. So many views are expressed around the world every day, but only those views that carry a bit of truth, reality and justice will be taken seriously.

ON RELATIONS WITH ISRAEL

I think that the situation of the leaders of the regime occupying Quds [Jerusalem] is too well-known for me to try to say something to other nations about it... Those individuals are the root cause of insecurity throughout the Middle East. They do not have the right to impose their views on others.

ON NUCLEAR POLICY

Peaceful nuclear technology is the product of scientific progress by the young people of this country. The Iranian nation has the right to advance in all peaceful scientific fields and have access to all facilities. We need this technology in the fields of energy, medicine and engineering and for our scientific progress and will continue pursuing it.

ON TALKS WITH THE EU

We will continue negotiations with the Europeans with the aim of safeguarding our national interests and emphasising the right of the Iranian nation to use peaceful nuclear energy.

ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Liberty is the very essence of the Islamic nation... We do not confine freedom to just two limited categories. We believe that there are 360 degrees of freedom. That means, the freedom to get involved in political, economic and cultural affairs, as well as in the running of the country... We are also truly concerned about certain powers' violation of human rights in the world. Today we are really concerned about the violation of the rights of religious and ethnic minorities in Europe.

ON WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT

Women play the most important role in Iran... My government will make decisions on merit. Gender boundaries will not influence my decision [on positions in the cabinet] at all.

ON THE ECONOMY

One of the main topics of our economic policy is the expansion of foreign and domestic investment... We will especially use our dear Iranians [currently living abroad] who are ready to take part in developing their country... The stock market will definitely be promoted, but of course there should be some reforms.

ON THE EXPANSION OF THE INTERNET

We cannot shut the doors to the country... We have a strong culture and we should allow it to grow.

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