En gruppe reform-mullaher i den hellige byen Qom fordømmer Vokterrådet for å ha godkjent valgresultatet og sier ingen lenger vil ta rådet alvorlig. Det er et alvorlig tegn på splittelse for regimet.

Blasting the official electoral watchdog, the Guardians Council, the Assembly of Qom Seminary Scholars and Researchers said it no longer had the «right to judge in this case as some of its members have lost their impartial image in the eyes of the public.»

The reformist clerics said the council «did not pay attention» to the complaints lodged by defeated candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi.

«How can one accept the legitimacy of the election just because the Guardians Council says so? Can one say that the government born out of these infringements is a legitimate one?»

The clerical group from Qom, the clerical nerve-centre of Iran, is a pro-reformist body seen as a counter to the conservative Qom Seminary Scholars Association.

The reformist clerics urged the authorities to release those arrested in post-election protests.

Pro-reform clerical body protests Iran elections