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Ahmadinejad Declared Winner In Disputed Iran Elections; Unrest Reported

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after he cast his ballot on Friday in Tehran - The incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been declared winner in Iran's 10th presidential elections held on June 12. According to Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli, Ahmadinejad came first with 24.5 million votes or 62.63% percent. His main rival, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who had served as the last Prime Minister of Iran and who was representing the reformist front, reportedly received 13.2 million votes or 33.75%.  The other two candidates, Mohsen Rezaie and Mehdi Karoubi received about 1 million votes or 3%.

According to election officials, over 39 million out of the 46 million or 85% of Iranians eligible to vote participated in this elections.

The full election results, as declared by the Interior Ministry, is as follows:

Candidate # of votes % of votes
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 24,527,561 62.63
Mir Hossein Mousavi  13,216,411 33.75
Mohsen Rezaei 678,240 1.73
Mehdi Karrubi 333,635 0.85
Total 39,165,191 about 100%

Challenger Mousavi claims fraud

Report by CNN

Before the final results were announced Moussavi addressed the people of Iran in a sharply worded letter. "I recommend to the authorities that before it is late to stop this process immediately, and to return to the path of the rule of law and the holding of the public trust through the votes of the people," he said.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, however called the voters' turnout a show of Iran's "pride" and "honor." - read the

Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard after voting in Tehran

Tehran sees most serious unrest in years

Report by Guardian:

A Mousavi supporter injured during protests in Tehran against the re-election as president of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

Mousavi said this morning: "I personally strongly protest the many obvious violations and I'm warning I will not surrender to this dangerous charade. The result of such performance by some officials will jeopardise the pillars of the Islamic Republic and will establish tyranny."

But Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters, called the result a "divine assessment" and called on all Iranians to support Ahmadinejad.

Speaking on state television this afternoon, he said: "I assume that enemies intend to eliminate the sweetness of the election with their hostile provocation."

Riot police used batons to disperse Mousavi supporters who staged a sit-in near the interior ministry, where the results were announced. Up to 2,000 Mousavi supporters set fire to tyres and chanted "Mousavi take back our vote! What happened to our vote?"

Reporters saw police attacking the demonstrators, and several protesters were carried away.

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