Iranian Council to Announce Tehran Election Results Thursday
Iranian supervisory council said Sunday it would announce the results of its recount this week, AP reported.
The Guardian Council "decided to announce its decision Thursday after recounting is completed in order to put an end to the waiting of the noble people," council head Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati was quoted by AP as saying.
The Feb. 18th poll results must be endorsed by the 12-person council, which is dominated by hard-liners opposed to the reform movement led by President Mohammad Khatami.
Hard-liners have the backing of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Initial results showed reformers winning 29 of the 30 seats in Tehran. But the Guardian Council alleged widespread fraud, an allegation denied by the Interior Ministry, which backs the reformers and has jointly supervised the elections with the council.
Most of the results outside the capital have been endorsed.
In the February elections, reformers collected about 120 seats, and won another 47 to 52 in run-off elections last month - giving them a majority in the 290-seat parliament for the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution. The run-off results have not yet been endorsed.
Hard-liners control no more than 70 seats in the parliament.
The council has annulled 12 reformist victories outside Tehran and given three of those seats to hard-liners.
Tehran was considered the reformers' top prize, as many of their leaders won seats there.
On Saturday, the Islamic Students Association, one of Iran's largest pro-democracy student groups, warned it would organize street demonstrations if the Tehran results were annulled, reported AP.
Since elections, the hard-line clergy has used its dominance of the judiciary to close 16 pro-reform newspapers. The hard-liners have the backing of Iran's supreme leader - Albawaba.com
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