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Iran holds partial recount

The tally so far in one district gave President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad even more votes than he had on June 12, according to Iran's state news agency.

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In a bid to convince Iran's protesters that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's unexpected landslide victory in the June 12 election was legitimate, Iran's top electoral body, the Guardian Council, began a recount on Monday of 10 percent of the ballots. Mr. Ahmadinejad had won twice as many votes as challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi, according to the official results.

In a further small concession to opposition protesters after the disputed vote, authorities said they had extended the deadline to investigate claims of fraud by five days.

Mr. Mousavi has refused to take part in the partial recount, saying that only annulment of the election and a fresh vote will determine the truth about the results.

Experts say that the lack of transparency throughout the process, and a host of irregularities during the vote and the interim and unknown state of the ballot boxes – never mind millions of extra ballots that were printed – make any recount meaningless.


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