Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Ahmadinejad Cancels African Summit Trip... Update: Ahmadinejad Shows

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TEHRAN (Reuters) Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called off a trip to Libya for an African Union summit on Wednesday that would have given the hardline president another chance to appear at an international forum after his disputed re-election.

Mehdi Karoubi, a reformist cleric who came last in the June 12 poll, said he still rejected the result, which set off Iran's gravest internal unrest since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

"I don't consider this government legitimate," he said in a statement on his website. "I will continue my fight."

Update SIRTE, Libya: Africa’s conflicts took a back seat on Tuesday to a surprise visit by Iran’s president and Libyan leader Moamer Qadhafi’s drive to create an “African government” ahead of a continental summit.

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