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20:34 - 2009-08-03

Leader Endorses President Ahmadinejad's Second Term

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Leader Endorses President Ahmadinejad's Second Term
The ceremony is attended by senior Iranian officials and foreign diplomats
Top Iranian authorities, army officials and a number of foreign guests are present at the ceremony in Imam Khomeini Hosseinieh (a mosque-like religious center)
Heads of the three branches of power, Secretary of the Guardians Council Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei and a number of members of the Experts Assembly and the Parliament, the Cabinet and foreign ambassadors to Tehran are at the ceremony
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, in a ceremony here in Tehran on Monday, endorsed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his second term in office
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected as Iran's next president after winning 24 million votes in the June 12 election
President Ahmadinejad addressing the ceremony
Based on Article 110 of Iran's Constitution, the President has to receive the Leader's approval before he can officially start work
He will be sworn in as the new president in a parliament session on August 5
The president should introduce his cabinet to the parliament by August 19
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) receives endorsement of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei (L) for a second term of office