Rival Slams Iranian Prez's Holocaust Denial

Reform candidate accuses Ahmadinejad of needlessly antagonizing West
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 16, 2009 8:03 AM CDT
Reformist Mahdi Karroubi holds his identification card as he registers as a presidential candidate for the Iranian presidential elections.   (AP photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian)
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(Newser) – A reformist challenger to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the hardliner's denial of the Holocaust is serving Israel's interests and pushing the country deeper into international isolation. Moderate cleric Mahdi Karroubi is one of two reformist candidates hoping to unseat Ahmadinejad in the country's June 12 presidential election.

Karroubi has vowed to bring change to Iran, saying Ahmadinejad has needlessly antagonized the West by claiming the Holocaust is a myth. He has also accused the president of failing to improve living standards despite huge oil revenues.