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Ahmadinejad is sworn in, as protesters gather

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (ah-muh-DEE'-neh-zhahd) has been sworn in for a second term, as protesters gathered outside.

Opposition groups had called supporters to the streets for today's inaugural ceremony. Witnesses say police have scattered hundreds of demonstrators who were chanting "Death to the Dictator."

Ahmadinejad has been known for his bellicose remarks, but his inaugural speech was unusually calm. He's pledging to protect Iran's constitution and borders.

He did not directly address the massive street demonstrations against his announced election victory. But he did appeal for national unity.

Top officials and clerics attended the ceremony, which was boycotted by opposition leaders and moderate lawmakers. Iran's official news agency reports there hasn't been any kind of street "disturbance," but witnesses say at least 10 people have been arrested.


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