Monday, 15 June 2009

Iran's Election - Protests and Investigation

It's been quite difficult to work out what's happening, in-between the sensationalist reporting and the state clampdown. Things are slightly clearer today:
Iran's Supreme Leader has ordered an investigation into the disputed re-election of President Ahmadinejad, reversing his earlier decree that the result was fair.
It's understood that he met with Mousavi and agreed to investigate allegations of vote-rigging. Ahmadinejad stance however on this is now very clear:
Elections in Iran are the cleanest. Today, we should appreciate the great triumph of the people of Iran against the united front of all the world arrogance (the West) and the psychological war launched by the enemy.
The worlds press visa's to report on the election run out today, which is a worrying prospect given what the police were willing to do in front of the cameras, let alone what they will do now. Reports coming out of Iran suggest the police have been given orders to use live ammunition on the crowds. A lot will rest on Ayatollah Khamenei (Iran's Supreme Leader) intention, if he uses the investigation to entrench Ahmadinejad position or overturn it. That won't be just limited to Iran, the international community will most likely use it as there reaction guide.

Most people think the chance of the vote or non vote being over turned is remote, though there is a lot of pressure on Ayatollah Khamenei. This is where everyone finds out who really controls Iran and what happens in the next 4 years.

For those wanting information as to what happening in Iran, Twitter is being used by Iranians to report, a channel has been setup to collect it all together.

The Guardian and New York Times both have good live blogs, that are drawing on the MSM and social networking reports.

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