More than 100 MPs appear to have snubbed an invitation to celebrate Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's election win, local press reports say.

All 290 MPs were invited to the victory party on Wednesday night but 105 did not turn up, the reports say.

A BBC correspondent says the snub is a sign of the deep split at the top of Iran after disputed presidential polls.

Meanwhile, 70 academics were arrested after meeting key protest leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, his website says.
BBC NEWS | Middle East | MPs 'snub' Ahmadinejad poll party

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