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The official results showed incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad winning with more than 62 percent of the vote, and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei -- the true leader of Iran -- has given his blessing to the outcome.
Moussavi has alleged fraud and filed a complaint with Iran's Guardian Council, which oversees elections, but he said the council had not remained neutral in Friday's vote.
"I don't have any hope in them," he said in a statement posted on his campaign's Web site Monday evening.
The fraud complaints will be looked into by the Guardian Council, which is made up of top clerics and judges. The council is expected to issue its findings within 10 days.
An Iranian official who asked to remain unidentified said allegations the Guardian Council was in Ahmadinejad's corner are "unfair and unfounded."
In the United
States, President Obama said Monday he was "deeply troubled by the
violence I've been seeing on television" in Iran. "I think that the
democratic process, free speech, the ability of people to peacefully
dissent -- all those are universal values and need to be respected."
"We respect Iranian sovereignty and want to avoid the United States being the issue inside of Iran," Obama told reporters at the White House.
Obama did not take a position on the claims of election fraud. But he said, "The Iranian people and their voices should be heard and respected."
"Whenever I see violence perpetrated on people who are peacefully dissenting, and whenever the American people see that, I think they are rightfully troubled," he said. "I think it would be wrong for me to be silent about what we've seen on the television over the last few days."
In Tehran, Moussavi surfaced in a sea of protesters who flooded Azadi -- "Freedom" -- Square on Monday, wearing an open-neck striped shirt and waving to supporters. Iran's Press TV reported hundreds of thousands of people attended the rally. View images of unrest in Tehran's streets »
Though the event, the largest protest in Iran since the 1979 revolution, was largely peaceful, at least one person was reported to have been shot to death near its end. Demonstrations continued into Monday night, with Moussavi's supporters taking to rooftops to chant "God is great" -- an echo of the 1979 revolution that established the Islamic republic.
Parisa Hatami, who attended Monday's demonstration, said the calls lasted for about half an hour.
"This was what people were saying 30 years ago during the Islamic Revolution," she said. "Today, we used those words against the government."
Moussavi, in his statement, called on authorities to stop attacks on his supporters by police and Ahmadinejad's supporters, and he urged his followers to continue demonstrating peacefully.
"You are not breaking glass," he said. "You are breaking tyranny."
Iran's Press TV reported hundreds of thousands of people attended the rally, and Hatami said the crowd stretched down one street for nearly 8 kilometers (5 miles). The streets "were full of people who never, ever, come to demonstrations in Tehran," she said.
"Everybody knows we've been cheated," she said. "This regime, it's like they're just playing with us." She said it was "impossible" that Ahmadinejad would have racked up the totals in the official results, which she called "a big lie."
"They tell everyone, 'You don't understand, and you are nothing.' That's the matter," she said. "What is eating me is that they think we know nothing."
Hundreds of riot police were deployed at the edge of Monday's march, but did not intervene. However, Press TV reporter Amir Mehdi Kazemi said he heard gunshots at the rally and at least one person, a boy, appeared to be injured by the gunfire.
"A number of people started shooting, I heard a couple of gunshots, and then this resulted in a number of people ... yelling at that particular building," Kazemi said in his report on the government-funded TV station. "The police have not shown any involvement in this issue right now. The people are running."
A photographer for another news agency reported one person had been shot and killed. A photograph from that agency, which aired on CNN, showed a man apparently lying dead on the street with a large amount of blood around him from a gunshot wound to the head. Another man squatted over him, his arms outstretched.
The news agency has not linked the photograph with the photographer's report, however. And another photograph showed a man who appeared to have been shot in the abdomen; he is alive and being carried from the scene. View timeline of Iraq's modern history »
CNN could not independently confirm the reports.
Moussavi and the other two defeated candidates, Mehdi Karrubi and Mohsen Rezaie, have reportedly been invited to the Guardian Council on Tuesday to discuss any concerns over the election results.
In his Monday statement, Moussavi told supporters, "The election fraud was obvious, and I will pay any cost to realize the ideals of the Iranian nation."