As tens of thousands marched in Tehran Wednesday, the government moved to recount ballots and crack down on bloggers and news websites.
The Guardian Council has agreed to a partial recount amid alleged irregularities, including an unusually swift announcement of results and a lack of variation in results between cities, rural areas, and ethnic strongholds.
Iran's Guardian Council offered a partial recount of the presidential vote Tuesday as pressure mounted from the biggest rally since the revolution, in which eight were killed.
The administration's cautious response to the disputed elections reflects the reality that Ahmadinejad may remain president – and Iran's nuclear policy is unlikely to change even if he doesn't.
Iran's supreme leader ordered the Guardian Council to investigate the candidate's claims of electoral fraud. But the council is headed by a cleric cut from the same cloth as President Ahmadinejad.
He has made an effort to reach out to Iran. But charges of vote fraud and a crackdown on protesters there this weekend make it harder for the president to maintain that course.
His challenger, Mir Hossein Mousavi, is claiming irregularities. Police moved quickly to quell small protests.