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7 Iranians Dead, No Election Annulment

From those champions of open and honest elections at Associated Press:

Limited recount possible in Iran’s disputed vote

By Ali Akbar Dareini And Nasser Karimi, Associated Press Writers

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s Islamic leadership is prepared to conduct a limited recount of disputed presidential elections, a spokesman said Tuesday, as thousands of people took to the streets to show support for the regime and authorities cracked down on independent media.

The announcement comes after Iran’s state radio reported earlier Tuesday that seven people were killed during clashes in the Iranian capital the previous day — the first official confirmation of deaths linked to the wave of protests and street battles following the disputed election in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner.

In downtown Tehran, thousands of people gathered Tuesday in a state-organized rally that Iran’s state media said was designed to demand punishment for the rioters from Monday’s clashes. While there had been reports earlier of another rally Tuesday of supporters of reformist challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi, possibly setting the stage for violent clashes, Moussavi, in a message posted on his Web site, said he would not be attending any rally and asked his supporters to "not fall in the trap of street riots" and "exercise self-restraint."

After images were shown around the world of mass protests and violence following the disputed election, the government on Tuesday cracked down on journalists.

Authorities restricted journalists, including Iranians working for foreign media from reporting on the streets, and said they could only work from their offices, conducting telephone interviews and monitoring official sources such as state television

Also Tuesday, foreign reporters in Iran to cover last week’s elections began leaving the country. Iranian officials said they will not extend their visas.

A spokesman for the Guardian Council, Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, was quoted on state television as saying the recount would be limited to voting sites where candidates claim irregularities took place. He did not rule out the possibility of canceling the results, saying that is within the council’s powers, although nullifying an election would be an unprecedented step…

And we have this further clarification from Reuters:

Iran rules out annulment, Tehran crowds gather

By Parisa Hafezi and Fredrik Dahl

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s top legislative body on Tuesday ruled out annulling a disputed presidential poll that has prompted the biggest street protests since the 1979 Islamic revolution, but said it was prepared for a partial recount.

(Editors’ note: Reuters coverage is now subject to an Iranian ban on foreign media leaving the office to report, film or take pictures in Tehran.)

In what appeared to be a first concession by authorities to the protest movement, the 12-man Guardian Council said it was ready to re-tally votes in the poll, in which hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the runaway winner.

But the powerful Council rejected reformist calls to annul Friday’s election, which set off swift-moving political turmoil, riveting attention on the world’s fifth biggest oil exporter, locked in a nuclear dispute with the West…

Well, a limited recount should be a snap.

Given that they counted the original vote – which were on more than 40 million paper ballots – within a mere couple of hours.

And, after all, they only have make the results a little closer to placate the world’s media watchdogs.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 16th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “7 Iranians Dead, No Election Annulment”

  1. Howard Roark says:

    I wonder how many Iranian revolutionaries supporting Mir Hossein Mousavi are actively pleading with America for small arms, explosives, and other supplies right now.

  2. JohnMG says:

    …..”Given that they counted the original vote – which were 40 millions paper ballots – within a couple of hours….”

    And to think we still haven’t determined the Senatorial contest in Minnesota.

    Maybe we should sub-contract that job out to the Iranians at cost-plus-10%.

  3. bronzeprofessor says:

    I think we have to root for the people who want democratic reforms in Iran and improvements in the lives of women. For me that’s a separate issue from who won the election, because the more I read, the more I doubt Moussavi’s victory; and he doesn’t sound like a Boy Scout. What’s clear, though, in any case, is that the people in Teheran want the mullahs to loosen their grip on power and they want less state control of their lives. My hunch is that they want those things but a lot of people in Iran also want Ahmadinejad to be their president. So we’re in a catch 22.

    • tranquil.night says:

      B.P. I posted the reformists 7 point manifesto on the weekly news thread; it’s apparently being passed out to all protesters and has been circulating through twitter with requests that it be shown to Americans because the MSM won’t pick it up making this officially a war of information. The manifesto includes that radical Supreme Ayatollah Khamenei be deposed and pro-women’s rights, pro-reform Ayatollah Monazeri replace him and Mousavi assume the presidency until the constitution can be reworked. They’re after the whole thing. This is raw and pure freedom uniting people in that country of all walks of life and ideologies, much like the American Revolution. The Iranian government is employing mercenaries of the formerly defeated Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah to attack civilians because the Bajir Militia which supports Ahmadi have had their HQ burned and police are siding with protesters. It’s the most awe-inspiring thing I’ve had the fortune of witnessing in my young life, the story is being told in a completely unheard of way, and this energy needs to be captured world wide because the chess-pieces are already in motion for the new soviet iron fist to rear its ugly head once again.

  4. WHFF says:

    Is that sign that woman is holding up meant to be a joke? Honesty = Islam? That’s a good one.

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