Clerics Invite Opposition to Talk
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2009 8:04 AM CDT
In this image issued by the government run Fars News Agency, supporters of pro-reform leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, attend a rally in Tehran, Iran, on Wednesday June, 17, 2009.   (AP Photo/Fars news agency)
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(Newser) – Iran’s Guardian Council has invited all three opposition candidates to a meeting to air their grievances Saturday, the New York Times reports. But the opposition is likely to view that olive branch warily; it has already turned down the council’s offer for a partial recount. Protesters say they intend to continue their mass street campaign demanding the vote be annulled entirely.

Ayatollah Khamenei asked the Guardian Council, a powerful 12-cleric watchdog group with the power to unseat Khamenei himself, to look into the election results. Iran’s state radio has reported that the council has begun a “careful examination” of 646 complaints about the vote.