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Allegations of election fraud arise ahead of runoff in Iranian presidential race

[JURIST] The Iranian Judiciary [official website] detained a number of people on suspicion of election violations Saturday, a day after Iran's presidential election and six days before the top two candidates face each other in a runoff vote. President Bush has criticized the Iranian presidential elections as undemocratic [BBC report], joining multiple human rights organizations concerned over the exclusion of all but two reformist candidates [JURIST report]. Candidates themselves alleged improprieties in Friday's original vote [BBC report], which resulted in a surprisingly close second-place finish for conservative Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [Wikipedia profile] behind moderate cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [Wikipedia profile]. Iranmania News has more.

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