Iran’s Guardian Council confirms fraud in election
Iran’s Guardian Council has revealed that the number of votes cast in 50 Iranian cities exceeded the number of people entitled to vote. According to the Iranian media, the additional votes “could be over 3 million and the council could at the request of the candidates re-count the affected ballot boxes.”
The powerful council's spokesman Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei told the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting channel on Sunday this amounted to about 3 million questionable votes, but added that "it has yet to be determined whether the amount is decisive in the election results".
Meanwhile, Iranian reformist leader Mir Hossein Mousavi has vowed he will stand by the protesters, but said he won't allow their lives to be put in peril and stated the security forces that bloodied them are their comrades. Mousavi warned supporters of danger ahead, and said he would stand by the protesters "at all times." According to the AP, he said he would "never allow anybody's life to be endangered because of my actions" and called for pursuing fraud claims through an independent board.
The last Iranian prime minister also called the Basij and military "our brothers" and "protectors of our revolution and regime."
On its part, Iranian police said in a Monday statement that 457 people were arrested on Saturday.