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President Ahmadinejad to take oath

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 6, IRNA
Swearing In-Ahmadinejad-Ceremony
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a ceremony at the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) is to take the oath of office as the sixth president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The following is the text of President Ahmadinejad's oath according to the Article 121 of the Constitutions:
"In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful,
"I, as President, swear in the presence of the Noble Qur'an and the people of Iran, by God, the Exalted and Almighty, that I will guard the official religion of the country, the order of the Islamic Republic and the Constitution of the country; that I will devote all my capacities and abilities to the fulfillment of the responsibilities that I have assumed; that I will dedicate myself to the service of the people, the honor of the country, the propagation of religion and morality, and the support of truth and justice, refraining from every kind of arbitrary behavior; that I will protect the freedom and dignity of all citizens and the rights that the Constitution has accorded the people that in guarding the frontiers and the political, economic, and cultural independence of the country I will not shirk any necessary measure; that, seeking help from God and following the Prophet of Islam and the infallible Imams (peace be upon them), I will guard, as a pious and selfless trustee, the authority vested in me by the people as a sacred trust, and transfer it to whomever the people may elect after me."
The swearing-in ceremony for President Ahmadinejad started in the Majlis Saturday morning.

Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, President Ahmadinejad and Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel are to deliver speeches during the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected president.

Former president Mohammad Khatami, the Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, members of the Guardian Council, members of the Experts Assembly, ranking civilian and military officials and foreign diplomatic corps in Iran are attending the ceremony.

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei confirmed presidency of Ahmadinejad Wednesday according to Article 110 of the Constitution.

In the decree, the Leader said, "Of course the vote of the nation and my confirmation is valid as long as he (Ahmadinejad) moves in line with his obligations and treads the right path he has followed so far -- the path of Islam and the ideals of the Islamic system and defending the rights of the nation and resistance against oppressors."
The Leader further said, "The ninth (presidential) election served as a blow by the Iranian nation on the face of enemies who consider democracy originated from Islamic faith as something disturbing the charm of their anti-Islamic propaganda...

"Islamic Iran, once again showed its resolve, joy and livelihood as well as its meaningful and blessed presence in the scene to the arrogant powers, making the Great Satan disillusioned and
frustrated."
According to Majlis regulations, the president must introduce his cabinet within two weeks of his swearing-in ceremony, following which the legislators would start the debate on the competency of the nominees.

In case some candidates are rejected by Majlis, the president must introduce new nominees within a period of 15 days.

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