Iran: One presidential candidate withdrawing complaints about voting fraud

Published June 24th, 2009 - 07:50 GMT

A conservative presidential candidate in Iran stated Wednesday that he was withdrawing his complaints about voting fraud for the sake of the country, state television reported. Mohsen Rezaie, a former commander of the Revolutionary Guards, said in a letter to the Secretary of the Guardian Council, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati: “The political, social and security situation has entered a sensitive and decisive phase, which is more important than the election.” 

 

Rezaie said despite of his insistence on the complaints, he withdrew his appeal because of time shortage. Rezaie came third in the June 12 election by winning 678,240 votes (1.73 percent). 

Meanwhile, government figures have indicated that at least 627 people have been detained in Tehran. State-run TV confirmed the arrest of Iason Athanasiadis, a Greek national reporting for the Washington Times. 

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