Ayatollah Tells Mousavi to Stand By Him Tomorrow

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2009 6:43 PM CDT
Mir Hossein Mousavi, center, speaks to supporters at a demonstration in Tehran.   (AP Photo/Ali Zare)
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(Newser) – Iran's supreme leader has ordered presidential challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi to stand by his side at morning prayers tomorrow in a show of national unity, the Times of London reports. It's not clear if Mousavi will do so, or what consequences he'll face if he defies Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's demand. Mousavi may have more clout to work with, however, after yet another massive gathering in Tehran.

Hundreds of thousands gathered at Mousavi's request to mourn those killed in the post-election violence, reports the AP. Mousavi addressed the crowd from atop a car with a loudspeaker and reportedly called for self-restraint among the protesters. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, meanwhile, tempered his earlier criticism of protesters, saying it applied only to those who caused violence. "Every single Iranian is valuable," he said in a taped TV address. "Government is a service to all." (Read more Mir Hossein Mousavi stories.)