Khatami's Referendum

by Chris Bodenner

Tehran Bureau's Sahimi writes:

In an unprecedented move, former president and reformist icon Mohammad Khatami suggested holding a referendum on the result of June’s presidential election and to determine whether people are satisfied with Iran’s present state of affairs. [...] Khatami suggested that the referendum must be held by a neutral organ, such as the Expediency Council [headed by Rafsanjani].

NIAC adds:

This announcement signifies that the Mousavi camp and Rafsanjani have officially joined together in an attempt to force Khamenei to respond. Calling for a referendum is intelligent because it would allow the Supreme Leader to save face – as he would not necessarily be invalidating the election results.