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Ahmadinejad’s First Press Conference

27 June 2005

When asked about Iran’s human rights record,

Mr. Ahmadinejad replied, "Liberty is the soul of the Islamic revolution."

He also indicated that he preferes to have relationship with China rather than the United States.

Regarding his government policies he claimed that "Moderation will be the main policy of his government and there will be no place for extremism.”

Mr. Ahamdinejad expressed his concern about the violation of the rights of religious minorities in Europe and he will deal with that during his presidency. At the end he told the reporters that the 70 million Iranians will be represented in his cabinet.

Does this mean that women will be included in his government?

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