Recently the Iranians held presidential elections as everyone knows, well most and as far as I can tell there were 4 Presidential nominees.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad : Abadgaran Party
Mir-Hossein Mousavi : Independent Reformist Party
Mohsen Rezaee : Independent Conservative Party
Mehdi Karroubi : Etemad-e-Melli Party
U.S. and European News outlets have expressed concern and doubts over the authenticity of the Election results.
With two-thirds of the votes counted, incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won the election with 66% of the votes, and that Mir-Hossein Mousavi had received 33%. This was all according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.
However, The concern arose especially after Mousavi failed to win even his home town were he had unprecedented support.
30 different polling agencies had 30 different polling results for the election, 15 of them had poll results in Mousavi's favor while 15 had results for Ahmadinejad.
The reigning leader, or the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran; Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei approved the re-election of the incumbent President Ahmadinejad.
Although after nearly a week or more of huge country-wide protests by mainly the supporters of Presidential nominee Mousavi, plus the division of the nations ruling class over the election poll results, has caused the Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to make 2 concessions in light of the protests and allow a partial recount to be reviewed and to have an investigation into the possible fraudulent election poll results.
A joint letter recently written by nominee Mousavi and former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami; Asked the Leaders of Iran to stop the violence and arrests of the non-violent protesters.
Which was in response to current numbers as of Monday this week that showed 7 dead and 15 others injured because of the Iranian riot police, who also seem to have motor bikers [*sorry couldn't find the video I saw*] randomly striking people in the street, like something out of a Mad Max movie or Akira.
Also Mousavi stated that "members of his election headquarters had been beaten "with batons, wooden sticks and electrical rods."" That and now Iran is trying to place blame on U.S. and Canadian News Sources saying that they had financed "deviant news sites" and are using their Revolutionary Guard to put a stop to actions by these sites they consider inflammatory.
However we shall see how this all unfolds as the week ends, since Thursday is when the Investigation into the Election poll fraud allegations is conducted.
I hope that peaceful steps are sought by the Iranian Government as well as the Iranian people and that This controversy takes a turn for the better.
R. William Holzkopf Jr.