Ahmadinejad sworn in as Iran prez

 
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad The 53-year-old hardliner took his oath of office before parliament, with riot police out in force in nearby streets to foil any protests by opponents who say the election was rigged.

“I, as the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, swear before the holy Quran and the Iranian nation and God to be the guardian of the official religion, the Islamic Republic and the constitution,” Ahmadinejad declared at the ceremony.

Opposition websites said supporters of Ahmadinejad’s main political rival, Mirhossein Mousavi, were planning protests. A witness reported seeing hundreds of Mousavi supporters in the vicinity of parliament, but no clashes with the riot police and Basij militia there. Police arrested at least 10 protesters, the witness said, adding that mobile phones had been cut off. Ahmadinejad said Iran wanted peaceful coexistence with the world, but would resist any “bullying” power.

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