Ahmadinejad’s re-election sparks tension in Tehran

Political rival, claiming voting ‘irregularities,’ vows to fight

Having earned 62.6 per cent of the vote, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner of Iran’s hotly contested Presidential election on Saturday morning. But Mir Hossein Mousavi, Ahmadinejad’s political rival, has claimed there were voting ‘irregularities’ and that, in fact, he had won by a “large margin.” Mousavi, who had promised to move Iran away from Ahmadinejad’s hard-line policies, posted a message on his website on Saturday, telling his supporters not to back down to a “governance of lie and dictatorship.” Thousands responded by taking to the streets of Tehran to protest the results.

New York Times

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