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Ahmadinejad is sworn in as Iranian president

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been sworn in as president of Iran for a second term in office.
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been sworn in as president of Iran for a second term in office.

Ahmadinejad took the oath in an inauguration ceremony in parliament Wednesday. He pledged to protect the constitution and frontiers of Iran.

Iran's opposition has claimed Ahmadinejad stole the vote in the June 12 presidential elections. At least 30 demonstrators have been killed in the uprising.

Opposition groups have called protesters to the streets Wednesday to coincide with the inauguration.

Hundreds of policemen are deployed around the parliament, while a subway station nearby was closed to the public.

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The Iranian parliament is inaugurating Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a second term as president.

Parliament speaker Ali Larijani opened the ceremony, after a cleric recited verses from the Quran.

Larijani says the inauguration will "open a new chapter" for Iran.

Iran's opposition has claimed Ahmadinejad stole the vote in the June 12 presidential elections and there have been massive street protests that have shaken the country's religious leadership. At least 30 demonstrators were killed or wounded in the uprising.

Opposition groups have called protesters to the streets Wednesday to coincide with the inauguration.

A massive security operation is expected outsideparliament and other areas of the capital.

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