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TEHRAN — The Iranian government declared an outright election victory for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday morning, and riot police officers fought with supporters of the opposition candidate, Mir Hussein Moussavi, who insisted that the election had been stolen. . . . more at http://tinyurl.com/l66tso
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The 2009 Iranian presidential election was held on 12 June 2009 in Iran. It is the tenth presidential election to be held in the country. If no candidate receives a majority of support, a run-off election will be held 19 June 2009. The incumbent is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Iranian reform movement has attempted to unite behind a single candidate. Former President Mohammad Khatami had been the leading opponent to Ahmadinejad until he left the race and endorsed former Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi. Former Speaker of the Majlis Mehdi Karroubi, another Reformist, is also running, as is former Commander of Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Mohsen Rezaee, a Conservative. The election has seen huge candidate rallies in Iranian cities, and turnout was very high with around 75 percent of the electorate voting.
With two-thirds of the votes cast, the Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran's official news agency, called the election for incumbent Ahmadinejad. At the time it was announced, he had received 66% of the votes cast. Early local time on June 13, the Iranian election commission announced that Ahmadinejad had won with 65% of the votes, against 32% to Mousavi.
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Mir Hossein Mousavi Music video for Iran Election June 2009
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|Nominee||Mahmoud Ahmadinejad||Mir-Hossein Mousavi|
|Nominee||Mohsen Rezaee||Mehdi Karroubi|