Is Khamenei Wavering?

A very interesting, sudden turn of events:

Iran‘s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has ordered an investigation into claims of vote-rigging and fraud in last week’s presidential election, Iranian state TV reported today.

The report said Khamenei had told the guardian council, the clerical body that oversees elections, to examine the pro-reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi’s claims of widespread rigging in Friday’s poll.

The government declared the incumbent president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to have won in a landslide victory.

Today’s news represents a surprising turnaround for Khamenei, who had previously welcomed the results.

Curiouser and curiouser. Khamenei, as Supreme Leader, was the first to sign off the electoral fraud. For him to change his position, having demanded Mousavi and his supporters accept the result, is quite significant. Despite what the BBC would have you believe, there appears to be a significant power struggle within the theocratic regime over the fraudulent ‘official’ results of the presidential election. I’m not convinced this is quite over, and nor (sadly, as you can see) is the violence.

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