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So Ahmadinejad wins another four years in Iran. Totally disapointing. I expected a must closer result and I, myself find it hard to believe that he won this four-year term fair and square without any vote-rigging. Seriously.... 62% of the vote ?!

I have to admit that I am not a fan of him and the fact so anti-Israel, its just disgusting. In my opinion, he seems to be more and more against the West and I think during these next four years, Iran will drift further with the West.

Sure, Iran may be the lesser devil to North Korea when it comes to nuclear weapons but theres just no telling what he'll do considering Israel's Netanyahu is just as firm against the Arab nations.

Whats your opinion ?

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I seriously doubt the election is legit. It should have been closer. In any case, right now I'm just hopping that there will not be a bloodshed.

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This is an interesting development,it seems the protestors are beginning to have some impact.So was this election fair or not? Either way,it seems to me more evidence of growing instability in Iran.I wonder how this will all play out! :blink:

Iran clamps down on foreign media

Iran's powerful Guardian Council says it is ready to recount disputed votes from Friday's presidential poll.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election is being contested by rival Mir Hossein Mousavi and other moderate candidates, who are seeking a rerun.

The BBC's Jon Leyne in Tehran says they may not accept the recount offer.

Several people died in a protest on Monday and Mr Mousavi urged followers not to take part in a rally planned for Tuesday, amid fears of new violence.

"This headquarters calls on people to avoid the trap of planned clashes," a Mousavi spokesman told AFP news agency.

See map of central Tehran

The authorities announced tough new restrictions on foreign media, requiring journalists to obtain explicit permission before covering any story. Journalists have also been banned from attending or reporting on any unauthorised demonstration.

Our correspondent says they are the most sweeping restrictions he has ever encountered reporting anywhere.

The march was due to have taken place in Tehran's Vali Asr Square at the same time as a demonstration there by supporters of President Ahmadinejad.

The more I see this announcement about being willing to recount ballots, the more I think it is just a political ruse to try and wrong-foot the opposition. They have offered a recount, but they have not said who is going to carry it out. Maybe the same people who did the election count to start with.

In any case, the opposition says there were so many other irregularities, that a recount alone would not satisfy them. For example, many more ballot papers were issued than counted, they say. Some people did not get enough ballot papers so they could not vote in areas loyal to the opposition. Polling stations were closed early, and so on and so forth.

Thousands of the president's followers have converged there in a show of strength, cramming into tree-lined boulevards, some waving the national flag, as well as ones of orange, yellow and green.

'Missing ballots'

The Guardian Council - Iran's top legislative body - said votes would be recounted in areas contested by the losing candidates.

But a spokesman for the council told state television it would not annul the election - as moderate candidates have demanded.

The opposition says millions of ballots may have gone astray.

Monday's protest involved hundreds of thousands of people and was one of the largest since the Iranian revolution 30 years ago.

A report on state radio said "thugs" staged an attack at the end of the "illegal" rally as people were heading home "peacefully".

"Several thugs wanted to attack a military post and vandalise public property in the vicinity of Azadi Square," the radio said, referring to the site of the protest.

"Unfortunately seven people were killed and several others wounded in the incident."

Hospital officials later put the number of dead at eight.

Supporters of President Ahmadinejad rally in Tehran

Dozens of people have been arrested since the protests began. Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a close aide of ex-President Mohammad Khatami, was detained at his home in Tehran on Tuesday.

Those detained also include prominent journalist and academic Ahmad Zeidabadi. His wife says he was picked up in the middle of the night on Saturday.

"There is no explanation from the authorities about why he was arrested or where he is," she told the BBC.

Meanwhile, Iranian state television said the "main agents" behind the unrest had been detained, and guns and explosives seized.

There are reports of fresh demonstrations at Tehran University - one of the main centres of tension in recent days. About 120 university lecturers have resigned.

The powerful Speaker of parliament, Ali Larijani, has condemned an attack by police and militia on a student dormitory.

Iranian media quoted him as saying: "The interior minister is responsible in this regard."

Unrest has been reported in other parts of Iran. One of Mr Mousavi's websites said a student had died on Monday in clashes with hardliners in the southern city of Shiraz.

Foreign Concern

Our correspondent says the authorities appear to be weakening in their support for President Ahmadinejad.

Jon Leyne in Iran: 'A huge battle behind scenes'

The country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has ordered an inquiry into the allegations of vote-rigging.

The authorities' handling of the protests has drawn international criticism.

EU foreign ministers expressed "serious concern" and called for an inquiry into the conduct of the election.

US President Barack Obama said he was "deeply troubled" by the violence in Iran.

Meanwhile, President Ahmadinejad arrived in Russia on Tuesday.

He told a regional summit that the "age of empires" had ended, but made no mention of the protests.


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Lighten up, Kim. Your team's qualified for the World Cup.

Anyway, on the topic at hand, the lack of outright support for the opposition from Washington in particular leads me to suspect that the result may well be right, even if the margin is not.

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Well, today's a day I'm very proud to be British...

Iran's supreme leader Khamenei said this:

"They [the West] are showing their true enmity towards the Iranian Islamic state and the most evil of them is the ­British government."

But ironically, it is the British and our government (who fund the world service) who are providing the most respected and most impartial news to Iranians at this time with the launch of BBC Persian TV Channel:

Iran has been especially angry with the UK in recent months because of the launch of the BBC Persian TV channel, which was set up to provide impartial news and analysis, in Farsi, to an audience that is squeezed between state-controlled TV and US-based stations which lack weight or credibility. Tehran sees it as an unacceptable provocation and waged a ­campaign of intimidation against anyone associated with it.

BBC Persian has been broadcasting five extra hours a day since the election crisis began, and today ran live coverage of Khamenei's speech and instant analysis that was broadcast back to Iran, including critical comments that could never be made by domestic broadcasters.

Last Saturday, the day after the election, its website received 3m hits. After one of the televised presidential debates that ­galvanised the campaign it received 2,500 emails in less than an hour.

But it has been forced to combat ­interference from within Iran by increasing the number of satellites it uses. The BBC World Service said today it was increasing the number of ways it transmits to Farsi and Dari speakers in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan after several days of "persistent interference".

"We are accused of all sorts of thing by the Iranian authorities," said acting head of BBC Persian TV, Rob Beynon. "But some opposition people say we are not going far enough. Some say we should be more explicit in calling it a rigged election. There isn't incontrovertible proof but obviously we report the claims of Mousavi and his supporters."


Keep up the good work Auntie!

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