Irans Guardian Council Conducting Partial Recount

06.29.09 | FL News Team

Iran's top legislative body is conducting a partial recount of the votes in the Islamic Republic's disputed June 12th presidential election. The Guardian Council had agreed to recount a random ten-percent of the votes in the race that re-elected hardline incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [[ ahmah-DIN-ee-zhahd ]]. Allegations that the election was rigged sparked days of violent protests and prompted defeated candidate Mirhossein Mousavi to call for the vote to be annulled. The 12-member council has repeatedly rejected that request, saying it found no major irregularites. Iranian state television reports recounting has already started in Iran's provinces and in 22 districts in Tehran. The Guardian Council could give its final verdict on the election as early as Monday.