Mousavi Under House Arrest, Rafsanjani Resigns,
Protests Grow

Written by Luke Thomas. Posted in News, Politics

Published on June 13, 2009 with 1 Comment

Mir Hossein Mousavi

By Luke Thomas

June 13, 2009

As protests are growing in intensity following Iran’s questionable presidential election, Tweets are streaming in from Twitter users reporting challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi is under house arrest.

“Mir Hossein Mousavi is in house arrest, has no access to anywhere,” read one Tweet posted at 1:55 p.m. (PST).

Mousavi’s arrest could not be confirmed.

Mousavi has refused to concede defeat citing claims “there had been a shortage of ballot papers and millions of people had been denied the right to vote.”

Twitter users are also reporting Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, head of the Expediency Council, resigned from office earlier today.

The government said today that incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won Friday’s election with 62.63 percent of the vote and Moussavi received 33.75 percent of the vote.

Unconfirmed reports suggest Moussavi won with 45.54 percent of the vote, followed by Mehdi Karroubi with 31.95 percent. Ahmadinejad received 13.6 percent and former Revolutionary Guard leader Mohsen Rezaie received 8.91 percent of the vote, according to the reports.

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Luke Thomas is a former software developer and computer consultant who proudly hails from London, England. In 2001, Thomas took a yearlong sabbatical to travel and develop a photographic portfolio. Upon his return to the US, Thomas studied photojournalism to pursue a career in journalism. In 2004, Thomas worked for several neighborhood newspapers in San Francisco before accepting a partnership agreement with the, a news website formerly covering local, state and national politics. In September 2006, Thomas launched The BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, New York Times, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian and the San Francisco Weekly, among other publications and news outlets, have published his work. Thomas is a member of the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521 and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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  1. I’m stunned that Karroubi did so well. I thought he was going to be the Ralph Nader (lite) of the election (and when I say this, I mean the low vote voice of reason, not the “spoiler”)