Sunday May 19, 2013
Moussavi Now Under Arrest in What Iranians Consider a Coup d'etat (VIDEO)Tim King Salem-News.com
Iran's Guardian Council which reviews elections, actually received two official complaints; one from Mir-Hossein Moussavi and one from candidate Mohsen Rezaie.
(SALEM, Ore.) - A recount in Iran's disputed election has been announced, though many people there say they have already lost faith in any level of fairness.
The country's Guardian Council will recount those disputed ballot boxes as a response to presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Moussavi's move for the annulment of the vote.
"We are ready to recount those boxes that some presidential candidates claim to have been cheated," said Council spokesman Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei Tuesday.
A Salem-News contact in Tehran says people there are determined to see the real election winner take office.
"See what they did with people's votes? Four years ago we didn't vote, hoping to make them understand we don't want this Ahmadinejad. This time we all participated and vote and again they did it. Its a real coup d'etat here. I have seen revolution and war in my life and now see how dirty a coup d'etat can be."
Iran's election regulations state that the Guardian Council can respond to complaints that are received within three days of the election. The question is whether they will be anything but puppets to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the Ayatollah Khomeini.
Iran's Press TV quotes Kadkhodaei saying that "despite the expiry of the legal deadline, the body is ready to receive complaints and probe into the issue and build more confidence."
The Guardian Council reportedly assured the presidential candidates that they would thoroughly investigate the matter.
Our contact in Tehran says people everywhere continue to be outraged, and they believe it was the suggestion that their candidate would work with the Western nations and U.S. allies like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, that caused the government to ignore the overwhelming number of votes.
"Now they arrested our candidate... the real president - and are not allowing him contact with people, and The central observation committee announced the Iranian election result are INVALID!"
News agencies everywhere are reporting massive rallies by pro-Moussavi voters. They took to the streets when it all began sporting the color green. Several have already been killed by police for rejecting the election as fraudulent.
The Guardian Council did confirm that they actually received two official complaints over the election. One comes from Moussavi and the other is from Mohsen Rezaie, Press TV reported.
In spite of the Iranian government press releases trying to make the matter appear less severe, Iranian citizens like our contact in Tehran say there is not a hint of fairness or equity.
"Mohtashamipour, the chairman of committee, said observers of all the candidates except observers supporting Ahmadinejad were expelled from the Ministry of Interior. How rude they are."
This Al Jazeera English report shows the outcome of recent elections in Iran has angered supporters of opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, with thousands of people taking to the streets to demand a recount:
In this Al Jazeera English report, we see that on the face of it, the election in Iran was between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the incumbent president, and his main rival Mir Hossein Mousavi. But a more significant power struggle is being played out between two other powerful men. Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra explains what is going on behind the scenes:
Insight to the aftermath of the 2009 Iranian Elections from Rugger Productions:
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor.
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