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The Guardian Council refused to nullify the recent election results; its spokesman stated that "in the recent presidential election we found no witness of major fraud or breach in the election." Ahmadinejad is to be sworn in at the end of July. Neda Agha-Soltan's martyrdom becomes a symbol for the protest movement. Reza Pahlavi vowed to help his compatriots reach freedom.
Iran began three days of air force exercises in the Gulf and the Sea of Oman to raise operational and support capability. The Guardian Council announced possible polling irregularities in 50 districts. The Revolutionary Guards warned citizens of "revolutionary confrontation" if they return to the streets to protest. Mousavi received support from Ayatollah Zanjani. Hugo Chavez said that the world must respect Ahmadinejad's "triumph."
Iranian state media reported that 13 have been killed and 20 wounded in the protests taking place over the weekend. Rafsanjani's daughter and three other relatives were arrested. Mousavi continued to demand a nullification of the election results. President Obama urged Iran "to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people."
A suicide bomber detonated near the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran. The Guardian Council reported that it is ready to recount a tenth of the votes from the election, and is prepared to deploy riot police to quell future protests. Karoubi's Etemad-e Melli party canceled its scheduled rally on Saturday due to lack of permit; Mousavi supporters demand that the election be annulled.
Supreme Leader Khamenei addressed an audience at Tehran University during Friday prayers praising the reelection of President Ahmadinejad as "epic moment that became a historic moment," and stated that the Islamic Republic "would not betray the vote of the people." This was the first public appearance by Ahmadinejad since his reelection. Candidates Mousavi and Karrubi boycotted the event.
Hundreds of thousands of Iranians joined presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi in Tehran to mourn those killed during protests since last weekend's election that was declared in favor of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Mousavi urged the crowds to conduct peaceful demonstrations.