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Iran rivals dispute poll victory
Mousavi claimed victory at a news conference
soon after polls closed [AFP]
Both Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's president, and Mir Hossein Mousavi, his main election rival have claimed victory in the country's election.
The conflicting claims came just hours after polls officially closed on Friday.
"The speculative frenzy is building up," Teymoor Nabili, Al Jazeera's correspondent, reporting from Tehran, said.
Mousavi called a news conference in Tehran to claim victory soon after voting came to an end.
"In line with the information we have received, I am the winner of this election by a substantial margin," he said. "We expect to celebrate with people soon."
Only minutes earlier, close Mousavi aide Ali Akbar Mohatshemi-Pour was reported by the AFP news agency as saying his candidate had won 65 per cent of the vote.
But IRNA, Iran's official news agency, soon afterwards announced that Ahmadinejad had won re-election.
"Doctor Ahmadinejad, by getting a majority of the votes, has become the definite winner of the 10th presidential election," the news agency said.