Mousavi Turns Down Partial Vote Recount
Meanwhile, Iran's prez vows 'harsh' action against the West
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2009 6:13 PM CDT
In this image issued by the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaks during a ceremony of judiciary in Tehran, Iran on Saturday June, 27, 2009.   (AP Photo/ISNA, Arash Khamushi)
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(Newser) – Iranian presidential challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi today rejected offers for a partial recount of the June 12 election that has sparked massive rallies and left at least 20 people dead, Reuters reports. "This kind of recount will not remove ambiguities," said Mousavi on his website. Iran's Guardian Council, which has decreed that no major election violations took place, offered a 10% recount to appease critics.

Ahmadinejad, meanwhile, responded to President Obama's recent criticisms with harsh words. "This time the Iranian nation's reply will be harsh and more decisive," Ahmadinejad said. "With no doubt, Iran's new government will have a more decisive and firmer approach toward the West." Obama had praised Iranian protesters and called police violence "outrageous."