June 13th, 2009
05:52 AM ET

Ahmadinejad wins landslide in disputed election

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/06/13/iran.election/art.iran.candidates.afp.jpg caption="Candidates, clockwise, are: Moshen Rezaie, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mir Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karrubi."]


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has won a landslide election victory despite protests by his main challenger of "blatant violations."

Ahmadinejad won 62.63 percent of the vote while chief rival Mir Hossein Moussavi received 33.75 percent, the Iranian government said Saturday.

Before the final results were announced Moussavi addressed the people of Iran in a sharply worded letter. "I recommend to the authorities that before it is late to stop this process immediately, and to return to the path of the rule of law and the holding of the public trust through the votes of the people," he said.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, called the voters' turnout a show of Iran's "pride" and "honor."

Sadeq Mahsouli, the country's interior minister, on Saturday lauded the "unprecedented" turnout. He had said 70 percent of 46 million eligible voters had gone to the polls. Turnout could have been as 80 percent of eligible voters, Iran's poll chief said.

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