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Monday, June 29, 2009

Iran's Guardian Council confirms vote results

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 | PressTV

After the conclusion of the partial vote recount, Iran's electoral watchdog, the Guardian Council has confirmed the result of the June 12 poll.

After the announcement of the result of Iran's presidential election, which saw President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad re-elected to a second four-year term, provoked major protests in the country, the Guardian Council set up a special committee to do a partial vote recount.

Iran's top legislative body confirmed that the recount of 10 percent of the ballot boxes carried out on Monday had shown no irregularities in the vote.

In a letter to Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli on Monday, head of the Guardian Council Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati (photo), confirmed the result of the polls, state television reported.

"The Guardian Council after studying the issues [surrounding the Iranian election] in numerous sessions, dismisses all the complaints received, and approves the accuracy of the tenth presidential election," read the letter to the Interior Ministry.

The recount came after defeated candidates Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi rejected the result of the election as fraudulent and called for a re-run.

The Guardian Council approval of the vote negates the possibility of an election re-run.

Mousavi, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's main rival, had earlier rejected the offer of partial recount and refused to appoint a representative to the special committee.

Karroubi also refused to send a representative to the commission over what he described as the "lack of impartiality" among the committee's members, some of whom have publicly supported President Ahmadinejad.

The third candidate, Mohsen Rezaei, did not send a representative to the commission either.

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