Mousavi says new government illegitimate

Defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi said on Wednesday the new government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was "illegitimate," in a statement posted on his website.

"It is our historical responsibility to continue our protests and not to abandon our efforts to preserve the nation's rights," he said, two days after Iran's top legislative body confirmed Ahmadinejad's election victory.

Mousavi, who has repeatedly said the June 12 vote was rigged, said he would join a planned association of leading figures which would follow up people's rights and "ignored votes" in the election.

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