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Chaos in Iran After State-Reported 'Landslide' Ahmadinejad Election


A reported 63% to 34% victory by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sparked turmoil and rioting within Iran:

Iran "Tonight riot police in Tehran faced thousands of angry demonstrators shouting 'death to dictatorship' amid shock and confusion after the official result backed Ahmadinejad's claim to have won, made barely an hour after the polls closed on Friday night. The moderate Mir Hossein Mousavi, who had been widely expected to beat the controversial incumbent if there was a high turnout - or at least do well enough to trigger a second round - insisted he was the victor and appealed against the result to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader. 'I personally strongly protest the many obvious violations and I'm warning I will not surrender to this dangerous charade,' said Mousavi, a former prime minister. 'The result will jeopardise the pillars of the Islamic republic and establish tyranny.'"

Report: "It really is feeling like a coup."

Ahmadinejad World remains cautious: "Ahmadinejad's announced landslide victory over his reformist opponent, Mir Hossein Mousavi, in a tumultuous election marred by allegations of widespread fraud, 'will increase American pressure' to engage Iran diplomatically, said Eyal Zisser, an analyst with the Tel Aviv-based Moshe Dayan Center. Alluding to opposition allegations that the outcome was rigged, and clashes that erupted across Iran after Ahmadinejad's government declared him the victor, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she hoped the outcome reflects the 'genuine will and desire' of Iranian voters."

Watch videos of the rioting, AFTER THE JUMP...

More updates to the rioting HERE.

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  1. Doesn't 63% to 43% make 106%?

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jun 13, 2009 4:18:12 PM

  2. LOL Mike, I was about to type the same thing. Don't know how they would reach that result.

    Posted by: Aaron Rowland | Jun 13, 2009 4:24:12 PM

  3. Gee....why didn't they just "Meet on the Mall"?

    Posted by: Marches are for sissys | Jun 13, 2009 4:28:25 PM

  4. My boyfriend is there right now and its close to complete chaos. International calls have all but been disabled. This could be the seeds of a revolution.

    Posted by: Htfaul | Jun 13, 2009 4:41:04 PM

  5. There's no way that Ahmadinejad won by a huge margin. Khamenei calls the shots and doesn't want change. Iran has one of the youngest populations in the world, and I hope this does lead to revolution. The voter turnout was huge by all accounts, and the younger people want change.

    They had to manipulate the numbers enormously because a new election is triggered if one candidate gets 50% of the vote---though it obviously wasn't a 63/43 split. They're saying 62.6% to less than 34%, which is just absurd.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 13, 2009 5:11:18 PM

  6. Andy, your percentage is a typo. The reported victory is 63% for Ahmadinejad and 34% (not 43%) for Mousavi.

    I'm glad to see that there are a lot of educated youth in Iran who are fed up with the direction Ahmadinejad and Khamenei are taking their country.

    Posted by: Darren | Jun 13, 2009 5:21:11 PM

  7. So sad. Looks like this will be worse than Tiananmen Square. And the power will end up with Ahmadinejad and Khamenei.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Jun 13, 2009 5:29:42 PM

  8. Those numbers were a result of my dyslexic fingers 43 v 34. Sorry.

    Posted by: andy | Jun 13, 2009 6:12:27 PM

  9. Sadly, I agree with Jeff but hope we are wrong. A Democratic revolution would be the best thing that could happen for Iran.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Jun 13, 2009 6:12:42 PM

  10. Supposedly the top dog under Kohmenie (spl check) has resigned from the government and denounced the election, a group of ayatollahs have now denounced the election and that a new one should be held, the top vote checker has resigned and said the whole thing is a fraud

    The gov itself looks like it might be splintering. The 2nd in charge guy and the group of ayatollahs might be able to oust Kohmenie in a bid to hold onto religious power and cut a deal with Mousavi to restore order

    It will come down to who the army sides with. Currently ahmadine-crazy and ayatollah khomeni, but they have had quite a few "too reformist" army officials arested since last night so the army could split

    So crossing my fingers on seeing ahmedine- crazy and kohmemnie live on the news fleeing the country on a jet plane.

    Mousavi vs Ahmadinejad vs mousavi is like Chenny vs Mccain, but mousavi ( think mccain over cheney) in charge would bring much needed reforms, opening to the west, recognizing Israel's right to exist, and negotiating with Obama on the nuke issue

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Jun 13, 2009 6:56:36 PM

  11. The "funny" (not really) thing is that Khamenei and Mousavi were on the same side for a long time. Mousavi was prime minister from 1980-89, right after the overthrow of the shah, and had Khamenei's full support.

    So basically Khamenei is willing to keep Iran an isolated, fundamentalist backwater if it means he retains power. A very interesting story.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 13, 2009 7:12:26 PM

  12. Paul R

    a bit more irony

    the guy basically under Khamenie (spl chk) who has resigned is nick named "The godfather" as in godfather of the revolution. He wields a lot of power and his resignation and calling the vote a fraud could really be a game changer

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Jun 13, 2009 7:19:45 PM

  13. Lots of clashes in the streets. The Iranian government has ordered all foriegn reporters out of the country, arrested opposition leaders, and cut off communications with the outside world. Sounds like it is going to be 1989 all over again.

    Posted by: John | Jun 13, 2009 7:35:58 PM

  14. Let us hope for the best, and that a reasonable, if not entirely friendly, government results. After all, with North Korea and loose nukes (and shaky regime) in Pakistan, we have quite enough to worry about. By the way, does Ahmadinejad shop and have his hair cut at Wal-Mart? I assumed such tacky wardrobe could be acquired only at that retailer.

    Posted by: Contrarian | Jun 13, 2009 8:13:15 PM

  15. If this isn't the day, then the day isn't far off for the Iranian people to tire of this. A stable, tolerant and democratic Iran would be absolutely awesome, I would get on the plane tomorrow and spend my tourist dollars there. Ahura Mazda, let your Fire arise again after all these years, and save your people!

    Posted by: clint | Jun 13, 2009 11:51:25 PM

  16. It looks like the protests have been tamped down. AhMADinejad is on TV crowing about his "victory." Has anyone noticed that when he talks about returning "morality" to politics he sounds like someone from the American religious right?

    Posted by: Hank | Jun 14, 2009 7:48:01 AM

  17. Here is a great diray news round up from DKOS,-Protestors-Trapped-by-Police,-Ayatollahs-Daughter-Arrested.

    Notice the 1st pic. The kid looks like he could be any american university student.


    supposedly gov officals have leaked the actual vote

    Mousavi #1
    karoubi #2 (the other reformer)

    Ahmandine-crazy #3
    Rezaie #4 (conservative and has conceded supporting the old regieme)


    They didn't steal the vote. They didn't even count the votes!


    Supposedly the kids have taken control of 2 Tehran police stations while the old regieme's guard has taken over college dormitories

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Jun 14, 2009 10:35:04 AM

  18. PS

    supposedly some major highways have been taken control of by the youthful protesters

    and set fire to 2 gov buildings

    Hopefully netenyahu keeps his speach today to a minimum on Iran so as to not give fire and legitamcy to the old regieme in its anti-Israel stance to motivate people to support it. Though the current regieme gives the right wing in Israel a rallying cry and power base, the long term ssafety of Israel is with the youthful reformists who are willing to recognize Israel's existence. Is netenyahu wise enough to realize this or too self serving that he would rather bloviate and end up strengthening the old regieme in Iran so as to have a boogey man for fear mongering amongst Israelis and to strengthen his own right wing political future.

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Jun 14, 2009 10:42:57 AM

  19. Nice jeans...

    Posted by: Ford | Jun 15, 2009 2:14:27 PM

  20. I think that we should be more careful with our language when we characterize these type of gatherings immediately as "riots" - they have a very negative connotation that implies illegitimacy in my opinion - "LA Riots" v. "Vietnam War Protests."

    Posted by: Mikey | Jun 15, 2009 8:06:41 PM

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