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Mousavi 'under pressure' to withdraw election complaint

Video by Aurore Cloe DUPUIS

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-25

Iranian opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi has said on his website that he is under pressure to withdraw his demand for the cancellation of Iran's disputed presidential election.

AFP - Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi said on Thursday he is under pressure to withdraw his demand for the cancellation of the disputed presidential election, according to his website.
   
"The recent pressure on me aims to make me give up my demand for the election to be cancelled," his Kalameh website said.
   
Mousavi, who lost to incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the June 12 vote, has complained of widespread irregularities in what he has branded a "shameful fraud."
   
A number of his supporters have been arrested by the authorities, which have also banned all opposition demonstrations over the election.
   
Mousavi, a former premier in the post-revolution era, received 34 percent of the vote against 63 percent for Ahmadinejad, according to official results.
   
Although the authorities have agreed to conduct partial recounts, they have refused to scrap the results and hold a new election as demanded by Mousavi.
  

Date created : 2009-06-25

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