Iran's Interior Ministry has proclaimed incumbent President Mahmoud
Ahmedinejad the victor after votes were tabulated from Friday's
According to election commission figures,
Mr. Ahmedinejad won about 62 percent of the vote to nearly 34 percent
for his closest competitor Mir Hossein Mousavi. Moussavi complained of
Final results from Iran's presidential
election were announced by Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli, Saturday,
who proclaimed incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad the victor with
62.6 percent of the vote.
Riot police took up positions around
key government buildings across the capital Tehran, before going on the
offensive against opposition supporters protesting the election
results, hitting them with batons and damaging their vehicles.
Ahmedinejad's main rival, former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi,
complained of extensive voting irregularities even before polls closed,
late Friday, calling the results "astounding" and condemning electoral
"manipulation" by the government.
Official results credited Mr.
Ahmedinejad with 24 million votes to 13 million for Mir Hossein
Mousavi. Challengers Mohsen Rezaei and Mehdi Karroubi trailed far
behind with neither winning over a million votes.
President Ahmedinejad told Iranian television that he was pleased that a majority of electors had thrown him their support.
press advisor Ali-Akbar Javanfekr emphasized that the re-election of
Mr. Ahmedinejad signified "strong support for the way the government
has conducted its policies and is a vehement 'no' to Iran's enemies."
reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, who many analysts had been
expecting to win Friday's presidential election said that he would not
He insisted that he is not prepared to surrender in the face of what he is calling dangerous and fabricated results.
Minister Sadeq Mahsouli told reporters that election results were
clean, because monitors from "among the people, including teachers and
ordinary citizens" were present at all polling stations, in addition to
observers from Iran's Guardians Council.
Mahsouli indicated that
complaints or demands for a recount would be handled by the Guardians
Council. "Any candidate who has a complaint," he said, "must present
his evidence and it will be investigated in accordance with the law."
Tehran resident expressed astonishment at the results of the election,
saying he was sure that Mr. Mousavi had won. "80-90 percent of Tehrani
voters were in favor of Mousavi," he said, but now, he said, he was
shocked at the official results.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei also went on TV to thank Iranians for voting and indicated
that he was pleased with the results:
He says that he would like
to thank each voter that participated in the election, individually and
that he wants to wish the Iranian people well, since they are the
protectors of the nation.
Support for former Prime Minister
Mir Hossein Mousavi was strongest in many Iranian cities, and some
analysts were predicting further unrest in the wake of his defeat. The
political chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, however, indicated
Wednesday that his group was prepared to "crush" any revolution against
the country's Islamic regime.