Sunday, June 14, 2009

Iran elections: revolt as crowds protest at Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's 'rigged' victory

CNN has been MIA again. Perhaps they're worried about getting kicked out of Iran like they were in Iraq.

The capital, Tehran, has seen its most violent street disturbances for a decade as demonstrators protested over Mr Ahmadinejad's surprise defeat of Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the reformist challenger.

Mr Mousavi claimed he had been the victim of "fraud" and "manipulation" after he gained just 33.7 per cent of the vote, compared to Mr Ahmadinejad's 62.6 per cent.

In the run-up to the campaign, polls had put both men neck-and-neck, with some suggesting that Mr Ahmadinejad was in for a shock defeat because of his poor economic performance and aggression to the West.

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