Iranian media says current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has won re-election
Saturday, June 13, 2009
According to Iranian state run media, current Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has won re-election by a margin of 2 to 1.
According to the reports, the country's interior minister says Ahmadinejad won with 66% of the votes counted so far in the nation's election on Friday. Approximately 33 million votes have been tallied.
One of Ahmadinejad opponents Mir Hossein Mousavi, had earlier declared himself "definitely" the winner and said he may dispute the results. So far Mousavi has only 31% of votes.
At present, there are unconfirmed reports that Mir Hossein Mousavi may have been detained by "members of the intelligence community". In addition, there are unconfirmed reports that Mousavi's Tehran campaign headquarters was surrounded by the intelligence service as well.
Mousavi's supporters have taken to the streets of Tehran to protest the election results.
- Jason Ditz. "Govt: Ahmadinejad Overwhelmingly Reelected in Iran" — Antiwar.com, June 12, 2009
- Anna Johnson & Brian Murphy - Associated Press. "Iran's state news agency says President Ahmadinejad has won the election, rival also claims win" — Minneaoplis Star Tribune, June 12, 2009
- "Iran elections update" — Foreign Policy: The Cable, June 12, 2009
- "Violent clashes in Tehran" — BBC News Online, June 13, 2009