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‘Guardian Council’ Will Review Iran Vote

From an outraged (at the protests) Associated Press:

Iran Supreme Leader Orders Vote Fraud Probe

TEHRAN, Iran —  Iran’s supreme leader ordered Monday an investigation into allegations of election fraud, marking a stunning turnaround by the country’s most powerful figure and offering hope to opposition forces who have waged street clashes to protest the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

State television quoted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei directing a high-level clerical panel, the Guardian Council, to look into charges by pro-reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, who has said he is the rightful winner of Friday’s presidential election.

The decision comes after Mousavi wrote a letter appealing to the Guardian Council and met Sunday with Khamenei, who holds almost limitless power over Iranian affairs. Such an election probe by the 12-member council is uncharted territory and it not immediately clear how it would proceed or how long it would take.

Election results must be authorized by the council, composed of clerics closely allied with the unelected supreme leader. All three of Ahmadinejad’s challengers in the election — Mousavi and two others — have made public allegations of fraud after results showed the president winning by a 2-to-1 margin.

"Issues must be pursued through a legal channel," state TV quoted Khamenei as saying. The supreme leader said he has "insisted that the Guardian Council carefully probe this letter."

The day after the election, Khamenei urged the nation to unite behind Ahmadinejad and called the result a "divine assessment."

The results touched off three days of clashes — the worst unrest in Tehran in a decade. Protesters set fires and battled anti-riot police, including a clash overnight at Tehran University after 3,000 students gathered to oppose the election results…

Meanwhile, this is how Iran’s Press TV is reporting this development:

Council spokesman Abbas-Ali Kadkhodayi

Guardian Council to review vote result

Mon, 15 Jun 2009

The Guardian Council, the body tasked with supervising the electoral process, says it will announce its verdict on the results of Iran’s presidential elections within 10 days.

Council spokesman Abbas-Ali Kadkhodayi said the body had received two official complaints from defeated presidential candidates Mir-Hossein Moussavi and Mohsen Rezaie.

The two candidates have questioned the legitimacy of the June 12 poll.

Kadkhodayi said the Council would review the appeals and announce its final verdict within 10 days.

In order for the outcome of the election to stand, the Guardian Council must approve the results.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has urged Moussavi to legally pursue his appeal against Friday’s vote result.

The Leader said he had called on the Guardian Council to carefully review the appeal of the former prime minister.

The Iranian report sounds quite different from the AP’s, does it not?

We suspect that in ten days time, once the protestors have worn themselves out, the ‘Guardian Council’ will rule that the elections were all quite fair and on the level after all.

And we will get back to the results being a “divine assessment.”

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 15th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “‘Guardian Council’ Will Review Iran Vote”

  1. MinnesotaRush says:

    So Iran does have their own version of ACORN …

  2. bronzeprofessor says:

    Sorry, double posted.

  3. bronzeprofessor says:

    Isn’t this a bit like having the Democratic Congress investigate ACORN? Or the White House reviewing its call records with Blagojevich and finding no inappropriate contact?

    I am no fan of Ahmadinejad, but this Moussavi person doesn’t sound great either. He’s ordered a fatwa against his rival and he seems to be sending mobs of thugs out into the streets to throw things at police. (Some of it felt to me, as an LA resident, like a much more violent version of the Prop 8 protests, after Prop 8 won in California.) Moussavi still wants the nuclear program to progress and he was part of the 1979 Revolution, wasn’t he? He declared himself the winner very early, as the votes were still being counted (so did Ahmadinejad, but the vote tallies were in fact favoring Ahmadinejad at that point.)

    Iran is a repressive regime and we should object to it because it is repressive — “object to it” should probably look like Bush’s attitude, which is, we don’t talk to them until the whole system changes.

    But the liberal press seems to be taking great issue with the specifics of this voting process, even though most evidence of fraud seems to be based on the same logic liberals use to say that American conservatives don’t have any broad support in the US. They rely on anecdotal evidence and feedback from people who are likely to like American liberals (like cosmopolitan Teheran college graduates) and then liberal experts say, for instance, that Moussavi could not have lost his hometown so there must be fraud.

    Didn’t Gore lose Tennessee in 2000? Remember Geraldine Ferraro, who lost her own neighborhood in Queens by double digits?

    I’m just saying….

    I have enough reasons to repudiate the Iranian government without having to go nuts about allegations of ballot fraud, which we will never be able to prove or disprove.

    On the other hand, one of the few major objections I have to the United States is our country’s problems with election fraud. So I wish AP would pay as much attention to ACORn as they are paying to Iran.

    • jobeth says:

      It’s my understanding that whoever gets in will still need to follow the dictates of the religious leaders in Iran.

      So it doesn’t really make a whole lot of difference in the end. Both are only puppets to a degree .

    • proreason says:

      It’s Kabuki theatre.

      Just like in Obamerika.

    • texaspsue says:

      From what I understand from twitter posts, it has become more about voter fraud than the Politician. According to a tape from Skye news, Mousavi was even expressing that same sentiment.

      I say, good for them. After living their life suppressing their beliefs, it must be refreshing for the Iranians to be able to express their frustration in this manner. Let them have their day. Maybe a miracle will happen. I know, I am a cockeyed optimist. :-)

      Video from todays protests:

    • tranquil.night says:

      “It’s Kabuki theatre. Just like in Obamerika.”

      Yep, the media has done this for the entire span. The whole elections are for show and the opposition to the radicals must remain politically meek if Iranians are going to keep the little Western lifestyle elements they have. A young and radical opposition is always going to bubble up and attach itself to the most reformist candidate in Iranian elections. But the opposition leader never represents the true reform he claims; if anything, I think the opposition is used to draw out the true reformists so that they can be crushed by the true radicals. Freedom really can’t be let to make any headway in a tyranny state; the authorities start losing autonomous control on a slippery slope that can build up speed very fast. As people are saying: the protests now aren’t really about Mousavi. Keep that in mind as things move on here with Nerobama.

    • proreason says:

      “if anything, I think the opposition is used to draw out the true reformists so that they can be crushed ”

      good insight. rings true.

    • texaspsue says:

      “if anything, I think the opposition is used to draw out the true reformists so that they can be crushed ”

      Coming soon to Amerika. Alinsky’s rules for radicals are alive and well. sigh.

      “good insight. rings true.”

      I agree.

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