Investigation Ordered in Iran Election

June 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Iran's disputed presidential election could result in a recount.In the meantime, the death toll from violent clashes between supporters of opposing parties has climbed Monday night. Iran's supreme leader could ultimately decide the direction of the country.

The first official confirmation of Monday night's shooting in Tehran's Azadi Square gave away few details. Eyewitness accounts told of at least one person shot dead at the rally and several others seriously wounded after shots were fired from a compound belonging to a pro-government paramilitary group.

While the government outlawed the demonstration, anti-Ahmedinejad feeling brought together hundreds of thousands of protestors. Joining them was the more moderate opposition leader, Mir Hosain Mousavi; his first appearance since the results were announced. He addressed a euphoric crowd as the throngs amassed on the streets it became clearer that this protest is no longer just voicing the anger of the younger generation.

In a surprising u-turn, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamanei, ordered an investigation in to whether voter fraud played a part in the elections results.

Monday, President Obama voiced his concern over the violence that has erupted since the results were announced Saturday. "What I can say is that there appears to be a sense in part of the people that seem so hopeful and so engaged and so committed to democracy, who now feel betrayed."

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