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Supreme leader: Iran won't cede on election

CAIRO - Iran's supreme leader says the government won'tgive in to pressures over the disputed presidential election,effectively closing the door to compromise with the opposition.

Iran also said it was considering downgrading ties with Britain,which it has accused of spying and fomenting days of unprecedentedstreet protests over the vote.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a meeting withlawmakers that: "Neither the system nor the people will give in topressures at any price."

Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi claims that hard-linePresident Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stole the June 12 presidentialelection through massive fraud. He has called for annulling theresults and holding a new vote.


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