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June 29, 2009

Iran: Our Election Was Fine, Move Along

Color me shocked, but Iran's Guardian Council says the partial recount shows Ahmadinejad won.

State television reported that the Guardian Council presented the conclusion in a letter to the Interior Minister following a recount of a what was described as a randomly selected 10 percent of the almost 40 million ballots cast June 12. Press TV said "few or no errors" were found.

...The recount conducted Monday had appeared to be an attempt to cultivate the image that Iran was seriously addressing fraud claims, while giving no ground in the clampdown on opposition. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Council already had pronounced the results free of major fraud and insisted that Ahmadinejad won by a landslide. And even if errors were found in nearly every one of the votes in the recount Ahmadinejad, according to the government's count, still would have tallied more votes than Mousavi.

Iranians do not seem to be impressed.

Clashes reported in Tehran after people take to the streets protesting the Guardian Council's ruling

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Iranian government faces a "huge credibility gap" with its people. Actually, the word she should have used is "legitimacy".

Of course the Obama administration can't talk about legitimacy because they want desperately to talk to the mullahs. You remember the mullahs, of course. They are the ones who made Neda's father go on TV and blame protesters for her death. Yeah, let's talk to those guys.


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