The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused his election rivals of adopting smear tactics similar to those used by Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. He was speaking at a rally in Tehran on the final day of an increasingly bitter and hard-fought election campaign. Ahmadinejad said his rivals had broken the law and could face jail for insulting him.
“We do not insult and slander, we have logic,” the President said. “God willing our logic will beat all the insults, slanders and immoralities.” The President is facing a growing challenge from moderate former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi. He and two other candidates have accused Ahmadinejad of botching the economy. “I will not give up my slogans,” said Mousavi. “I will be committed to my pronouncements, such as helping the poor.” In his last televised address before Friday’s poll, Mousavi said he had not changed in his 20 year absence from politics and he was the same person who led the country during the hard years of war with Iraq. His supporters are hoping that a high election turnout will help them oust the harline Ahmadinejad, who they say, has pushed Iran deeper into international isolation and economic turmoil.