Reformist Candidate Mousavi Makes Public Appearance in Tehran Amid Continuing Violent Protests

Defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi is not optimistic about his appeal to a legislative body for the cancellation of last week's election result, his website said on Monday.

Citing voting irregularities, Mousavi formally demanded on Sunday that the June 12 election be annulled after the Interior Ministry released results showing hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won by a landslide.

Iran's supreme leader today ordered an investigation into allegations of election fraud, marking a stunning turnaround by the country's most powerful figure and offering hope to opposition forces who have waged street clashes to protest the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

State television quoted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei directing a high-level clerical panel, the Guardian Council, to look into charges by pro-reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, who has said he is the rightful winner of Friday's presidential election.