Ayatollah Orders Ballot Probe

Khamenei accedes to Mousavi's request for vote fraud investigation
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2009 5:36 AM CDT
A supporter of defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi is beaten by government security members during riots in Tehran.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered a probe into Iran's allegedly rigged presidential election, reports CNN. The country's supreme leader has already endorsed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's supposed victory as "a divine miracle," but Khamenei today requested that a clerical body investigate Mir Hossein Mousavi's claims of widespread fraud. The ayatollah's reversal comes amid continued reports that opposition figures are being arrested.