Tehran, Jun 13: In Iran's presidential elections, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has taken the lead by winning almost 70% of the initial ballots.
Official reports suggest that the 'hardliner' Ahmadinejad is well ahead with 68 per cent of the votes count; while his 'moderate rival' Mirhossein Mousavi was still at 31 per cent of the votes.
These results are being seen as a sure shot victory for the Ahmadinejad.
"Doctor Ahmadinejad, by getting a majority of the votes, has become the definite winner of the 10th presidential election," state news agency IRNA declared on Saturday, Jun 13.
Even though Ahmadinejad is strongly backed by voters in Iran's rural areas, he is blamed for Iran's economic turmoil over the last four years.