The defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hussein Mousavi has called for the election result to be annulled, as violence continues to erupt in the streets of the capital Tehran.
More protests are expected today from Mousavi supporters who claim their votes have been stolen in a rigged election. Meanwhile the winner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who won a second term in Friday’s poll, says the opposition hasn’t produced a shred of evidence of fraud at the polling stations. He told supporters who turned out in their thousands in Tehran , the election had been free and fair and the people had spoken.” He described the poll as, what he called, a “magnificent contemporary election.” Official results show Ahmadinejad winning Tabriz, a city in the north west. It is rival Mousavi’s hometown. Sceptics say they find this result hard to believe. Afshin Molavi, Fellow of the New America Foundation said: “ According to the election results Ahmadinejad defeated Mousavi in Tabriz and Azebaijan province. This stretches the imagination. It is the equivalent of Barack Obama winning Texas and George Bush winning Illinois. “ Mousavi’s call for the election result to be annulled is unlikely to be acted on. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameini could intervene, but he has already called on Iranians to accept that Ahmadinjead won.