Iran: Ahmadinejad Wins; Rival Warns of 'Tyranny'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2009 7:11 AM CDT
Iranians stop to look at the morning's newspapers.   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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(Newser) – This could be a mess for a while: Iran's official count today gave Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a landslide victory in the presidential election, but his main challenger rejected the results as a "dangerous charade" and warned of "tyranny," reports the Guardian. The official numbers: Ahmadinejad gets 62.6% and Mir Hossein Mousavi 33.4% after a staggering turnout of 84%. The challenger appealed to the nation's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to intervene, and the AP notes that his supporters have clashed with police in Tehran.

"I personally strongly protest the many obvious violations and I'm warning I will not surrender to this dangerous charade," said Mousavi. "The result of such performance by some officials will jeopardize the pillars of the Islamic Republic and will establish tyranny."