Top candidates both declare victory in Iran vote

June 12, 2009 2:04:04 PM PDT
Both President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his main reformist challenger declared victory in Iran's election Friday shortly after the polls closed. The Interior Ministry then released partial results showing hard-line Ahmadinejad with a strong lead. It said he had 68.8 percent of the more than 10 million ballots counted so far. His main challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi had 28.8 percent.

The government has not yet released the total number of votes cast in the tight and tense race.

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