Protests as Ahmadinejad sworn in as Iran president

By : Parisa Hafezi and Zahra Hosseinian
Date posted :2009-08-05 16:27:00

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was sworn in for a second term as Iran's president on Wednesday in a ceremony boycotted by reformist leaders and parliamentarians and marred by street protests over his victory.

The 53-year-old hard-liner took his oath of office nearly eight weeks after a disputed election that unleashed the worst unrest since the 1979 Islamic revolution and divided the political and clerical elite.

Ahmadinejad said Iran wanted peaceful coexistence with the world but would resist any "bullying" power.

"Internationally, we seek peace and security. But because we want this for all of humanity, we oppose injustice, aggression and the high-handedness of some countries," he said.

Former presidents Mohammad Khatami and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who support Ahmadinejad's main political rival, Mirhossein Mousavi, boycotted the inauguration.

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