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Bush On Iran

Just released:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 24, 2004

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

I am very disappointed in the recently disputed parliamentary elections in

Iran. The disqualification of some 2,400 candidates by the unelected Guardian

Council deprived many Iranians of the opportunity to freely choose their

representatives. I join many in Iran and around the world in condemning the

Iranian regime’s efforts to stifle freedom of speech — including the closing of

two leading reformist newspapers — in the run-up to the election. Such

measures undermine the rule of law and are clear attempts to deny the Iranian

people’s desire to freely choose their leaders.

The United States supports the Iranian people’s aspirations to live in

freedom, enjoy their God-given rights, and determine their own destiny.

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