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News number: 8803230387

09:06 | 2009-06-13

Politics

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Ahmadinejad Ahead of Mousavi

TEHRAN (FNA)- Partial election results showed that incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is ahead of his closest rival Mir-Hossein Mousavi by over 32%.



An Interior Ministry statement said that ballots inside 36,095 (78%) ballot boxes have so far been counted.

According to the Ministry, from a number of 28,909,689 ballots counted so far, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has collected 18,787,766 votes (64.98%), while his closest rival Mir Hossein Mousavi has won 9,269,998 votes (32.06%).

Principlist politician and former chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Mohsen Rezai Mir-Qaed is third with 594,864 votes (2.05%) and former Iranian Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karroubi is last with 257,061 votes (0.88%) cast in his favor.

A number of 45,713 ballot boxes were stationed in 368 cities and 558 districts inside the country while 304 ballot boxes in 32 polling stations gathered the votes of the Iranian expatriates in 130 world countries.

The Iranian interior ministry had announced that the final results of the presidential election would be declared today.

According to presidential election laws, all Iranian nationals above 18 years of age were eligible to vote, meaning that around 46.2 million Iranian citizens could take part in the election.