Iran’s top election body on Tuesday ruled out cancelling the disputed presidential vote as the world voiced increasing alarm at the violent crackdown on opposition demonstrators posing the most serious challenge to the Islamic regime in 30 years.
“In the recent presidential election we witnessed no major fraud or breach,” Guardians Council spokesman Abbasali Kadkhodai was quoted as saying by English-language state television Press TV.
“Therefore, there is no possibility of an annulment taking place.”
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The opposition has been staging almost daily protest rallies, alleging fraud and widespread irregularities in the June 12 election which returned hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power for another four years.
World leaders are calling for an immediate halt to state violence against the protesters, with state media reporting that at least 17 people killed and many more wounded in the unrest that has convulsed the nation for 11 days.