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Iranian Minister Suggests Vote Recount Possible

Tehran Mayor Mahmud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner after the second round of voting 15 July 2005 -- Iranian Interior Minister Abdolvahed Musavi-Lari has said he is willing to order a partial recount of ballots in the presidential election after a losing candidate in the June voting complained of fraud.

Musavi-Lari made the announcement in an open letter to outgoing President Hojatoleslam Mohammad Khatami.

Former parliamentary speaker and unsuccessful first-round candidate Mehdi Karoubi had demanded a recount of the 17 June ballot.

Conservative Mahmud Ahmadinejad won the vote. He is set to succeed Khatami on 3 August.

A recount must first be authorized by the Guardians Council, which has the final say over the election's outcome and dismissed allegations of widespread fraud after the first round of voting.


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