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Karrubi Down, Out?

Mehdi Karrubi -- bringing good news?
Mehdi Karrubi -- bringing good news?
There were huge rallies in Tehran yesterday by the supporters of Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and his main rival, Mir Hossein Musavi. Mehdi Karrubi's supporters are planning a rally today at a Tehran sports stadium.

Karrubi's campaign manager, Gholam Hossein Karbaschi, seemed a bit down today based on the "tweets" he's been sending on Twitter.

Here's one: "We hope that we will have an opportunity to make Mehdi Karrubi the president. But even if it doesn't happen it won't be the end of the world."

Another one: "Why we didn't bring our supporters to the streets, because we didn't want to create a wave, we wanted people to listen to us in an atmosphere of reasoning and without excitement."

But then there is a slight change of tone: "We are optimistic and hopeful and we believe that we will be the winner of the election. To those friends who are feeling a bit tired, I say don't be tired."

Meanwhile, a website has reported that Karrubi is due to announce good news for the reform movement by tonight or tomorrow.

says we will have to wait and see whether Karrubi will announce his withdrawal from the race in favor of Musavi or if it's some other good news.

UPDATE: Karrubi says not only won't he stand down, he'll "never withdraw."

-- Golnaz Esfandiari