Mousavi rejects recount proposal
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Mousavi rejects recount offer

Iranian reformist leader reiterates call for annulment of disputed vote

Defiant stance: Iran's opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi has rejected a government proposal to recount 10 percent of all ballot boxes from the disputed presidential election, an ally told Reuters on Saturday.


"This kind of recount will not remove ambiguities...There is no other way but annulment of the vote...Some members of this committee are not impartial," the ally quoted a Mousavi statement that was due to be published soon on his website, as saying.


Mousavi's colleague, reformist candidate Mehdi Karroubi, also rejected the notion of a recount at some polling stations and called for the recent election results to be annulled. On several occasions last week, Karroubi declared that he does not recognize the legitimacy of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


'Cleanest election ever'

On Friday, the spokesman of Iran's electoral watchdog, the Guardians Council, Abbasali Kadkhodai said that there was no fraud in the June 12 presidential election that saw Ahmadinejad win a new four-year term.


"After 10 days of examination, we did not see any major irregularities," Kadkhodai told the official IRNA news agency. "We have had no fraud in any presidential election and this one was the cleanest election we have had. I can say with certainty that there was no fraud in this election."


Kadkhodai said the inquiries were almost complete, and once they are final, a report will be issued to the public on the matter.


AFP contributed to the report


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