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Iran's Ahmadinejad heads for victory with unbeatable lead

IRANIAN incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is heading for victory in the 10th presidential election, according to the information of Iran's Interior Ministry today.

After 38 million of the ballots, or 98 percent have been counted, Ahmadinejad has gained 64.77 percent of the votes while reformist candidate former Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi has gained 32.25 percent.

Former Revolutionary Guards chief Mohsen Rezaei and former Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karroubi have gained 2.07 percent and 0.88 percent respectively.

There are 46.2 million eligible voters for this year's presidential election and the voter turnout for the election was expected to exceed 80 percent.

According to Iran's semi-official Fars news agency, Ahmadinejad's camp claimed victory after latest official results showed his unbeatable lead in the election.

Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi, Ahmadinejad's campaign manager was quoted as saying that Ahmadinejad's victory was doubtless due to the great distance between the incumbent president and his rivals.

At a news conference late yesterday in Tehran, Mousavi called himself "definite winner" in the presidential election.

"According to the information we have received, I am the definite winner in this presidential election," Mousavi said.


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