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:
"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.'"
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."
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