Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Iran - Surprise announcement from the Guardian Council

This just in:
On Press TV, the English-language state television satellite broadcaster, Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei, the spokesman for the Guardian Council, declared: “If a major breach occurs in an election, the Guardian Council may annul the votes that come out of a particular affected ballot box, polling station, district, or city.”

“Fortunately, in the recent presidential election we found no witness of major fraud or breach in the election,” he said.

“Therefore, there is no possibility of an annulment taking place.” He was speaking late on Monday in Tehran and his remarks were posted early Tuesday, Tehran time.
Well, we were all on tenterhooks.

More seriously ... this is further confirmation that the government has totally rejected the key demand of the opposition--which is not surprising.

--Jeff Weintraub