Sunday, June 14, 2009

Khamenei Approves Election Results – Alternatives Open to Mousavi Supporters

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today once again approved the presidential election results.

“The 10th presidential election was an epic and ominous event,” Khamenei said on Sunday. “The wise and vigilant Iranian people showed they are still committed to the path of the architect of the Islamic Revolution the late Imam Khomeini,” Khamenei added [IRNA, 14 June 2009].

Khamenei’s approval came ahead of the Guardian Council’s 10-day deadline to certify the results, practically assuring that the Council would reject Mousavi’s appeal to annul the election.

The only legal course available to Mousavi and his supporters, if and when the Guardian Council rejects his appeal as expected, is the intervention of the Assembly of Experts. The Assembly, comprised of 86 leading Shia jurisprudence experts, has the constitutional power to select, supervise and dismiss the supreme leader.

The supervision and dismissal clauses have never been used by the Assembly, and it is considered very unlikely that the Assembly would now use its constitutional power to force the supreme leader to nullify the election results. What makes it intriguing, however, is the fact that Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani was elected last year as the Assembly’s chairman and has strong support within the 86-person assembly, all clerics like himself. Rafsanjani has emerged as the most powerful opponent of Ahmadinejad and a strong supporter of Mousavi.

In his now famous open letter to Khamenei last week, he warned Khamenei on his responsibility to ensure a fair election. Some of us saw the reference as a veiled threat that the assembly can and might exercise its rights to “supervise” the leader and his decisions.

The Assembly of Experts exerting its power to shape the events in the next few weeks seems to be the only hope left for Mousavi supporters, an unlikely outcome, but possible considering the fast-paced events in the past 48 hours in Iran.


Anonymous said...

the video of him that was aired on IRIB did not show him speaking, a reporter spoke the summary of the supposed speech over the video. It could very well be that the video was from an older footage.

Anonymous said...

I'm still waiting to see anything to show us the charge that the elections have been stolen?

Anonymous said...

Any Farsi translators? Mousavi complaint to the GC here.

As far as I know Interior ministry has made all ballot boxes in every city available to candidate and GC.

Anonymous said...

Seriously. DO NOT discount the intense pressure of Mossad, CIA, DIA, JSOC, U.S.-and-Israel-backed terrorist groups, the flood of agents provocateurs the Iranian leadership has been battling in silence for YEARS. There is outright no reason to begin to dream these malign forces would leave the election go completely unmolested.

If when it all settels and it can be proved that Mousavi and his followers have been severly compromised by external agents they must be severly punished!

Anonymous said...

Spreadsheet of the election result. You might need google account to view
IR election by province/city

MT said...

In Europe we are receiving all kind of info, we really don't know what to think.
I really hope everything will clear and you might live in peace.

Anonymous said...

Here as a public service to all in Iran is the map and spreadsheet showing the 2009 election results.
Results. From what I see the emphasis has moved from fraud to more repressive state!