Revolution, 2009 — No. 3 In a Series

By Gorman Gorman

Jun 15, 2009 10:52am

The latest from Iran-amok:

Mir-Hossein Mousavi today filed a formal grievance about the election process and asked for the result to be annulled, the Guardian reports.

The official Iranian news agency ISNA quoted a spokesman for Iran's Guardian Council, Abbasali Kadkhodai, saying that "Mousavi and Rezai appealed yesterday. After the official announcement [of the appeal] the guardian council has seven to 10 days to see if it was a healthy election or not."

State TV said that Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said that "Issues must be pursued through a legal channel."

Mousavi called for his supporters to protest "in a peaceful and legal way…We have asked officials to let us hold a nationwide rally to let people display their rejection of the election process and its results."

Former president Mohammad Khatami meanwhile recently said that "what took place in the course of the recent presidential elections produced a blemish in the public trust, and led to … natural and emotional reactions."

Mousavi's wife Zahra Rahnavard said her husband has not been detained or put under house arrest.

"People are tired of dictatorship," she told Reuters. "People are tired of not having freedom of expression, of high inflation, and adventurism in foreign relations. That is why they wanted to change Ahmadinejad."

On Saturday, the Czech presidency of the EU Council, seemed to recognize the election results, saying it had “taken note” that Ahmadinejad had been “re-elected for a second term as president of the Islamic Republic of Iran…The EU presidency hopes that the outcome of the presidential elections will bring the opportunity to resume the dialogue on nuclear issue and clear up the Iranian position in this regard.".

EU foreign ministers today expressed “serious concern” about the violence against protestors and said that "iIt is essential that the aspirations of the Iranian people are achieved through peaceful means and that freedom of expression is respected." Iranian authorities, the foreign ministers said, “must address and investigate…concerns regarding the conduct of the elections expressed by several candidates”.

Others have expressed misgivings. "What is happening in Iran is clearly not good news for anyone, neither for the Iranians nor for peace and stability in the world," said Henri Guaino, one of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's closest advisors.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said "brutality and never-ending military development will not bring any solutions."

UK Foreign Minister David Miliband said that London had “noted the result as announced by the Iranian electoral commission” and that alleged irregularities were “a matter for the Iranian authorities to address”.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said “the actions of the Iranian security forces are completely unacceptable” and called for Iran's government to investigate allegations of irregularities “immediately and without delay”.

Some Iranians tweeting about this all can be found HERE.

-jpt

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