Guardian Council says election result stands

29/06/2018 Posted by admin

IRAN’S top election body yesterday ruled out cancelling the disputed presidential vote as the world voiced increasing alarm at the violent crackdown on opposition demonstrators posing the most serious challenge to the Islamic regime in 30 years.”In the recent presidential election we witnessed no major fraud or breach,” a Guardian Council spokesman, Abbasali Kadkhodai, was quoted as saying on state television. “Therefore, there is no possibility of an annulment taking place.”The opposition has been staging almost daily protest rallies, alleging fraud and widespread irregularities in the June 12 election which returned the hardline President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to power for another four years.World leaders are calling for an immediate halt to state violence against the protesters, with state media reporting that at least 17 people have been killed and many more wounded in the unrest that has convulsed the nation.The streets of Tehran remained tense yesterday, the day after hundreds of riot police armed with steel clubs and firing tear gas, many riding on motorbikes, broke up an opposition rally of about 1000 people.Demonstrators had gathered in a Tehran square in defiance of the Revolutionary Guards, the elite force set up after the 1979 revolution, which warned of a “decisive and revolutionary” response to protests.Iran has singled out Britain, as well as the United States, as one of the leading instigators of what it says is foreign “meddling” in the post-election chaos.Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash, a member of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said that during a meeting with the Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, it was agreed to “recall the Iranian ambassador for consultations and to examine the attitude of the British Government”.The Fars news agency quoted a student leader, Esmail Tahmouressi, as warning of another “November 4”, the date when radical students seized the US embassy after the 1979 revolution, leading to a rupture of ties between Washington and Tehran.Mir Hossein Mousavi, the post-revolution premier who is now leading the wave of opposition protests, has urged his supporters to continue demonstrating but to adopt “self-restraint” to avoid more bloodshed.And in a sign the opposition remained defiant, a defeated reformist candidate, Mehdi Karroubi, called for a ceremony tomorrow to mourn slain protesters.Mr Mousavi, Mr Karroubi and the third defeated challenger, Mohsen Rezai, have listed a total of 646 irregularities and are insisting on a new election, not a recount.The European Union rejected Iran’s claims of interference as “baseless and unacceptable”, and voiced concern about the continuing brutality.
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