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Iran's opposition calls off 'illegal' rally

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Iran's opposition calls off 'illegal' rally


The latest rally planned in support of the defeated Iranian presidential candidate has been called off after the Interior Ministry declared it illegal. Discontent at the poor showing of moderate Mirhossein Mousavi in Friday’s election has erupted into two days of violence. Mousavi alleges election fraud, and wants the result cancelled.

Tehran resident Sadegh Hamzehnejad said: “The only solution is for Mr Mousavi to go on TV and address the nation. Then, finally, Mousavi supporters might be satisfied.” But another resident said: “The future is uncertain, but people will be defiant. In my opinion these physical clashes in the city are not legitimate and legal.” The country’s top legislative body, the Guardian Council, said it was investigating two official complaints of electoral irregularities – including one from Mousavi – and would rule within 10 days. The council must formally approve election results for the outcome to stand. But before the vote, the council’s chairman endorsed the eventual winner. The results announced at the weekend put the previous President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad back into office by a landslide. The ultra-conservative has dismissed Iran’s worst unrest in ten years, comparing it to the kind of passions seen after a football match, and has insisted Friday’s election was ‘true and free.’

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