Mousavi claims victory in Iran election
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Opposition challenger Mirhossein Mousavi claimed victory on Friday against hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran's presidential election on Friday. "I am the definite winner of this presidential election," Mousavi, a moderate, told a news conference in Tehran.

But he said many people had not been able to cast their ballots even after voting was extended by four hours.

A victory for Mousavi could help ease tensions with the West, which is concerned about Tehran's nuclear ambitions, and improve chances of engagement with U.S. President Barack Obama, who has talked about a new start in ties with Tehran.
Posted by: tu3031 2009-06-12