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Hassan Rouhani takes oath as Iran's new president
Sunday August 4, 2013 7:51 PM, IANS

Hassan Rouhani Sunday took the oath of office as Iran's 7th president.

Rouhani swore before the Holy Quran to safeguard Islam, the Islamic republic and the constitution at a ceremony held at the Iranian parliament, IRNA reported.

"I swear to protect the constitution and justice... and to devote myself to protect freedom and people's dignity and rights on the basis of constitution," he said during the inauguration.

Attended by Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, Rouhani cited his oath and vowed to use all means of power to serve the country.

Rouhani was endorsed by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Saturday. He was elected as Iran's new president in a landslide victory June 14.

The president signed the swearing document which would be offered to Secretary of the Guardian Council Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati.

Delegates from 56 countries as well as state and military officials were present during the swearing in ceremony.

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