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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 80

Tehran’s Mayor swept landslide win in Presidential Election

[b]Tehran, 25 June, ( [/b]Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad swept to a landslide win in the Iran’s presidential election-run off. The outcome a stunning upset by a former street sweeper, and many fear will take Iran back to the restrictions imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, spelling a possible end to Iran's fragile social reforms and tentative rapprochement with the West.

Ahmadinejad, 48, received the backing of the religious poor to defeat moderate cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who was supported by pro-reform parties and wealthy Iranians fearful of a hard-line monopoly on power in the Islamic state.

The result was a crushing blow to Rafsanjani, who has been at the forefront of Iranian politics since the Islamic revolution and was widely considered Iran's second most powerful figure before the vote. His last attempt in the 2000 parliamentary elections also ended in failure.

With the count almost complete Ahmadinejad had won 61% of votes, ahead of the more moderate ex-President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on 35%. Some 22m people voted, a turnout of 47%, down from 63% in the first round.

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