The Special Commission of Iran’s Guardian Council has finished its partial recount of election votes, a random 10 percent in all, and it says there will be no change in the result, a big win for President Ahmadinejad as annouced on June 12th.
The Council ordered this recount when it could make no deal for a wider inquiry with the defeated opposition candidates. They had wanted an independent commission to oversee the process. The final blow to any hopes of independent oversight came when Mir Hossein Moussavi took his team out of the commission and repeated calls for the vote to be annulled. The president today launched an enquiry into the shooting of Neda Aga-Soltan, images of which he said were being “used politically by Iran’s enemies to tarnish the Islamic republic.” Four British embassy employees remain in custody after the release of five others, and London says their continued detention is “unjustified”.