Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won't be in town for today's protests: The disputed president has left Iran in order to attend a conference in Russia. Meanwhile, the government’s powerful Guardian Council has reversed itself and announced that it will recount votes from Friday’s election in areas contested by the losing candidates. But now, an opposition official says Mir Hossein Mousavi has rejected a recount, calling instead for an entirely new election. President Obama also spoke up on the controversy, pronouncing himself “troubled,” saying “I think it’s important that, moving forward, whatever investigations take place are done in a way that is not resulting in bloodshed and is not resulting in people being stifled in expressing their views. ”Mousavi has consistently encouraged peaceful demonstrations, and it is now reported that he is trying to thwart scheduled demonstrations on Tuesday in order to avoid more violence.
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