UPDATE ~ Iranian authorities order partial recount of presidential vote

[JURIST] A partial recount of votes in last Friday's Iran presidential election was ordered by Iranian electoral authorities Monday after reformist candidates accused military organizations of rigging the first round of voting [JURIST report]. The close first election resulted in a run-off election planned for June 24 between former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [Wikipedia profile], and his surprise rival and a close second, conservative Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [Wikipedia profile]. Iran's Guardian Council [BBC backgrounder] called for a recount in four provinces, including Tehran. The Guardian Council is expected to release the recount's results no later than Monday night and the two candidates will be able to begin their campaigning Tuesday [IRIB report]. Reuters has more; IRIB has local coverage.

 

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