Iranian state media report Iran's Guardian Council is prepared to
recount disputed ballot boxes from Friday's presidential election.
Tuesday's news of a partial recount follows three days of sometimes
violent demonstrations in Tehran, as protesters denounce what they say
is President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's fraudulent election victory.
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had asked the powerful
Guardian Council of Islamic clerics to investigate allegations of voter
But defeated reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi
issued an even broader appeal -- he urged the Council to cancel the
Mr. Ahmadinejad says the election was free and fair.
Demonstrators from both the pro-Ahmadinejad and the pro-opposition
camps are planning to hold rallies in the same square in Tehran on
An aide to Mr. Mousavi says the former prime minister is urging his
supporters not to attend in a bid to avoid any violence, adding that he
will not attend either.
The pro-Ahmadinejad rally is set to begin at least one hour before the pro-opposition gathering.
Iranian officials have placed restrictions of foreign media ahead of the rallies.
Iranian state television said at least seven people were killed Monday
near the site of a massive pro-opposition rally in Tehran when
demonstrators allegedly tried to attack a military post.