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    INTRODUCTION: Iran's new President was sworn in to office by the Majlis (parliament) on Tuesday (13 October).

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    CU PULL BACK TV AND PAN Prayers being read PAN TO members seated
    SV Disabled listeners in wheelchairs

    SV New President Hojatoleslam Khamenei speaking, parliament listens (2 shots)

    SV Khamenei taking oath with Ayatollah Ardabili reading oath

    Background: INTRODUCTION: Iran's new President was sworn in to office by the Majlis (parliament) on Tuesday (13 October). Hojatoleslam Ali Khamenei was elected by a landslide majority on 2 October. He is Iran's third president in less than four months. In his inaugural address, he vowed to defend Ayatollah Khomeini's Islamic revolution against "Deviance, liberalism and American influenced left-wingers".

    SYNOPSIS: Hojatoleslam Ali Khamenei was elected during elections that followed the murder by bomb attack of former President, Mohammad Ali Rajai. As the official candidate of the Islamic Republican Party (IRP) there was little doubt of his victory. The first clergyman to hold the post so far, his election strengthens still further the grip of the mullahs on Iranian politics. The presidency is, however, now a largely ceremonial post. On tuesday (13 October), the new president was sworn into office.

    In his inaugural address Hojatoleslam Khamenei pledged to work closely with the Majlis. He criticised the first President, Abolhassan Bani-Sadr for failing to co-operate, choosing instead to exercise wide powers on his own behalf.

    Referring to earlier terrorist attacks, President Khamenei said he took pride in the fact that the victims included Presidents, Prime Ministers, parliamentarians and mullahs. That proved the Islamic mission was not confined to a narrow segment of the community.

    Earlier, Iran's Chief Justice, Ayatollah Abdolkarim Moussavi Ardabili, read the President's oath of office to the members of the Majlis.

    Iran was facing new tension as the chief justice spoke. Twenty two leftist opponents had been executed the previous day (12 October), bringing the total number of executions since June to 1700.
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