Friday, June 19, 2009

Did they or didn't they?

Did the Iranians vote massively for President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, or didn't they? Here, thanks to Smooth Stone, is an intriguing report. Two Iranian filmmakers presented to the European Parliament what purports to be an internal letter from the Iranian electoral commission, sent secretly by the Ministry of Interior to Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei.

According to the letter, opposition candidates Mir-Hossein Moussavi and and Mehdi Karroubi received 19 million and 13.5 million votes respectively, while President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad got only 5.5 million. The Ministry of Interior, while reporting these figures, promised nevertheless to support Ahmedinejad.

Khamenei's speech today aimed to put the electoral dispute to rest in favor of Ahmedinejad. It will be interesting to see if the letter is indeed real.

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