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Friday, June 29, 2012

Iran Guardian Council certified contested election results
Cody Harding at 12:00 AM ET

On June 29, 2009, Iran's Guardian Council of the Constitution certified the results of the controversial June 12 presidential election, officially sanctioning the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Because of discrepancies in the election, there were allegations of fraud and thousands of protestors took to the streets across the country. The Council rejected protesters' requests to abandon the results and start over after it reported that an investigation and partial recount found no evidence of fraud. Hundreds were arrested in the post-election protests, which resulted in numerous deaths. Throughout the fall of 2009, Iran tried hundreds of the election protesters.

Coat of arms of Iran

Learn more about Iran and elections from the JURIST news archive, and read commentary on the contested 2009 Iranian presidential election from JURIST Guest Columnist Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam in Hotline.

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