I haven't seen anybody else post this, so I figured I might as well. According to the official tally, with a turn-out of 85% of eligible voters, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has secured himself a second-term as the President of Iran, winning 62.6% of the vote, against: Reformist candidate (and former Prime Minister) Mir-Hossein Mousavi, 33.75% of the vote Mohsen Rezai (who denounces Ahmadinejad for not doing enough vis a vis the west), 1.75%, and Mehdi Karroubi (another reformist candidate), 0.9% Above figures from the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8098305.stm Since this would make Ahmadinejad the single most popular President in Iranian history (raw number and percentage of vote), and has him crushing Mousavi by nearly a two to one ratio (polls, such as they are, had predicted a victory for Mousavi, or at least a tighter race), various parties are crying foul, led by Mousavi himself: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor...-wont-accept-Mahmoud-Ahmadinejad-victory.html Juan Cole deconstructs the results, though it's mostly circumstantial in nature: http://www.juancole.com/2009/06/stealing-iranian-election.html Stratfor reports unconfirmed rumours that the head of the Expediency Council (think of them as the election monitors), Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, has resigned declaring the elections invalid, and calling for a do-over: http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/06/followup-on-earlier-posts.html Since the Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Khamenei) and Guardian Council gets to, in effect, scrap the election results, and has the prerogative to name the President themselves, the fact that this is happening is rather odd. They also hold ultimate say over the direction of the country, and the President (though he gets a great deal of latitude in terms of the economy) is viewed as a figure head. Presidential Elections (once the candidates have been 'vetted' by the Guardian Council for suitability) have largely been run fairly in the past (and Reformist Khatami won two terms as President). Assuming the election has, in fact, been stolen, there would really be no reason for the Supreme Leader to do it. There are some who think that, in actuality, a coup has occurred, with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the military taking control of the government, and keeping the Supreme Leader on as a figurehead. Others think that perhaps this a coup from the top on down, while still others think that perhaps we were all bamboozled by a good story of a Reformist, pro-western candidate, and/or expecting Tehran and the young to represent the whole of the country. All three of the above scenarios are presented at: http://www.mideastanalysis.com/1/post/2009/06/what-happened-in-iran.html Nevertheless, there's at least some degree of rioting, murmurings and anecdotal tales of ballot shenanigans, and a whole lot of confusion as to what's going on over there (journalists are having their visas revoked, and being asked to leave the country). There's a lot of Iranian grad students at my university, but I haven't seen or talked to any of them since before the elections. I don't know of any that *AREN'T* liberal pro-Reformist types, but that seems to be the prevailing sentiment over there amongst the young and educated. FYI, I heard that something like 2/3 of Iranians are under 25!