• 13 June 2009
  • Posted By David Elliott
  • Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Rumors swirl as everyone asks: What’s Next?

Laura Rozen at The Cable tackles the question everyone is asking after the early, and highly questionable, election results first made it clear that Ahmadinejad will be declared this election’s victor.

Leading Iranian opposition presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi was due to give a press conference at 10am Tehran time (8 1/2 hours ahead of EST), a Washington-based Iran hand tells The Cable. Two hours earlier, final vote counts (according to state counters) are expected to be announced.

“If [Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei comes and endorses the results prior to 10am, then a Mousavi protest will be more than a confrontation, but war,” the Iran hand says.

Meantime, an international human rights group says that it has received unconfirmed reports that Mousavi may have been taken into custody by Iranian intelligence officials.

“We were told by very reliable sources that Mousavi was detained on his way to meet the Supreme Leader by members of the intelligence ministry and taken to a safe house to prevent him from making any public announcement,” Hadi Ghaemi, of the Hague-based NGO, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, told The Cable.

Ghamei said that the Tehran campaign headquarters of Mousavi and another opposition presidential candidate Mehdai Karoubi have been surrounded and locked by intelligence services.

Yesterday, Mousavi told the press conference, “I am the absolute winner of the election by a very wide margin. It is our duty to defend people’s votes. There is no turning back.”

There is no telling what tomorrow will bring, but the safety of everyone in Iran is foremost in our minds.

Posted By David Elliott

David Elliott is the Assistant Policy Director at the National Iranian American Council.

    7 Responses to “Rumors swirl as everyone asks: What’s Next?”

  1. a reader says:

    are namarda taghalob mikonan 😉 onam 10 milion 😀 khejalat ham nemikeshan, hahaha. u guys should be ashamed of this post. it was ur political naivety that wrongly predicted that Mousavi would win easily. you have made a wrong investment. the point is, Ahmadinejad’s voter were mainly silent. they do the job and go home! in contrast, Mousavi’s ones just make noise, 100 times more than their actual number. It was clear that Ahmadinejad would win the election. Mousavi is in illusion, it seems.

  2. Shahab says:

    Stop these rubish. I have admitted one truth. We, iranians, are just like some sheep that are directed by a particular group of fundamentalists. We can’t change anything untill some illegal centers like Guardian Council and the supreme leader are dominating over us.

  3. john lenhart says:

    ah guyz and gals see uncle monty’s blog and his take on the iranian election at http://thebiggerissue.org/.
    it’s pretty neat, i think … jh.

  4. Phillip Hough says:

    Are there protests going on around the country today? in Washington? in Miami? Where is the Iranian-American community?

  5. Victoria D. says:

    To All Mousavi Supporters:

    There are SO many Americans, and progressive people all over the world who are with you, like me. Like all of us, I, too, am keeping current on all developments in Iran post-election (fraud) results. Do Not Give Up! Look at what we in the USA had to go through for 8 years … what hell! To win a progressive change campaign takes YEARS of FULL-TIME, CONSISTENT, VERY WELL-ORGANIZED, COUNTRY-WIDE ORGANIZATION and PLANNING. We outside of Iran, who are WITH you, we know you WILL succeed! Blessings and Safety Forever, Your American Friend, Victoria

  6. m_a says:

    there is in basic law of iran that the shora negahban must anounce his search until 7_10 days and it is a law that must not do against it but mr khamenei did against the law.in iran we are in every time in fear that they com and will take us to prison because they themself anounce that we see all the things that you write on internet and in iran in all the tim we are waiting to com and take us to prison.we want our right nothing else but we must fear of wanting our right.
    where are you freedom in iran they kill woman and child and no one says nothing

  7. m_a says:

    at the time i am writing this things 2 helikopter is coming near only god can help us nothing else at 4 pm today again there is a big protest i know they kill som people like neda agha soltan

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