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A group of clerics in Iran has called Iran’s presidential vote invalid

July 5, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

A group of clerics in Iran has called Iran’s presidential vote invalid, contradicting official results.

On Saturday, former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said that post-election events had caused bitterness.

An influential group of religious scholars seen as politically neutral during the presidential election called the country’s highest election arbiter, the Guardian Council, biased, and said the June 12 election was “invalid.” Earlier, it had endorsed the official result that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defeated Mir Houssein Mousavi and other challengers by a wide margin.

The group, with no government role, has little practical ability to change the election outcome. But its new posture may carry moral weight with Iranians after security forces have quashed street protests and jailed hundreds of opposition supporters.

Iran to put British Embassy staff on Trial

July 3, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Iran has arrestest British Embassy staff and is going to put them on trial for fomenting postelection turmoil.

The announcement fueled calls in Europe for tougher action against Iran. Britain is pressing for members of the European Union to pull their ambassadors out of Tehran to protest the staffers’ arrests last week.

After quashing the street demonstrations, Iran’s leadership has been trying to erase any lingering doubts about the legitimacy of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by portraying the unrest as sparked by foreign meddling, not by public anger over the June 12 election, which the protesters said was fraudulent. Prosecuting the detained Iranian members of the British Embassy staff could help boost its case before the Iranian public.

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