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Iran's Guardian Council rejects election annulment

IRAN'S Guardian Council, which is charged with supervising elections in the country, has rejected any annulment of the June 12 presidential election, Iran's satellite channel Press TV reported today.

Spokesman for the Guardian Council Abbas Ali Kadkhodai was quoted as saying that the council had found no major irregularities in the election and rejected annulling the results of the presidential election.

On June 13, Iran's Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli said incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won 62.63 percent of the total ballots, while his main rival Mir-Hossein Mousavi got 33.75 percent.

The other two candidates -- former parliament speaker Mehdi Karroubi and former Revolutionary Guards chief Mohsen Rezaei -- got less than 2 percent of the total ballots.

After the official declaration, all the three defeated candidates filed complaints over irregularities in the election, while Mousavi and Karroubi have demanded an annulment of the election.

Mousavi's supporters have participated in massive rallies in Tehran and other cities over the past days.

The Guardian Council said on Saturday that it was ready to recount up to 10 percent of the ballot boxes randomly in the disputed presidential election, state television reported.


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