Supporters of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have taken to the streets in celebration, while his main opponent claims there have been election violations.
Despite predictions to the contrary, the Iranian electoral commission has declared hardline President Ahmadinejad the landslide winner of yesterday’s presidential election. It said he scored just over 63 percent support, almost twice as many votes as his closest rival, reformist Mirhossein Mousavi. Turnout is reported to have been about 80 percent, after officials extended voting numerous times because of the queues outside polling stations. One man in Tehran said: “I thought at least 80-90 percent of voters in Tehran were in favour of Mousavi, but now it’s turned out like this I’m really shocked. I’m awaiting to see how it ends. I really can’t believe it.” Mousavi says he will not surrender to what he calls a “dangerous charade.” “The result of such a performance by some officials,” he said, “will jeopardise the pillars of the Islamic Republic and establish tyranny.”