Khamenei Orders Election Watchdog to Validate Partial Tehran Results
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Thursday asked the country's election watchdog body to validate the Tehran results from February's parliamentary elections despite the irregularities it had found, state radio reported.
He was responding to a letter sent to him by the conservative-dominated Council of Guardians, saying it was not in a position to validate the results, because of "numerous irregularities" it had found in the voting.
Khamenei responded by asking them "to announce the definitive Tehran results taking the present state of affairs into account."
He called on the justice system "to put those responsible for the electoral irregularities on trial," the radio said, without elaborating.
Initial results from Tehran, provided by the interior ministry immediately after the elections, gave 29 out of the 30 seats to reformists close to President Mohammad Khatami -- TEHRAN (AFP).
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