Ahmadinejad Begins 2nd Term

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2009 4:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been sworn in for a second term as president of Iran, one day after the White House finally announced that the US recognized him as the country's elected leader. In his inaugural address, Ahmadinejad took a swipe at the US and European nations that "decided to recognize but not congratulate the new government. Well, no one in Iran is waiting for your messages," he added.

Ahmadinejad's inauguration takes place against the backdrop of a mass court proceeding, condemned by Mir Hossein Mousavi and other reformists as a show trial, which resumes tomorrow. Hundreds of Mousavi supporters protested today near the inaugural ceremony, and while there were no reports of violence, 10 demonstrators were reportedly arrested and cell phone service was shut off.