Iran Finds Fraud But Calls Election Clean Enough
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jun 22, 2009 2:46 AM CDT
A person holds a bill with the eyes of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's eye cut out while Iranian-Americans and supporters protest the Iranian presidential election in Los Angeles.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – An eerie silence descended on Tehran early today as Iranian officials admitted to discrepancies in the controversial presidential election, but still declared it legal. More votes were cast in 50 cities than the number of registered voters, officials concluded. But authorities said the discrepancy, which affects some 3 million votes, was a "normal occurrence," and unlikely to have changed the outcome of the race, reports the New York Times.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reportedly defeated challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi by 11 million votes. Activists, meanwhile, expressed despair after some 10 people were killed during a clampdown on weekend protests, reported the Guardian. Mousavi continued to urge Iranians to protest peacefully despite a warning from Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that protests would not be tolerated.