Iran continues to deal with political pressures and dissent, from both within and outside the country.
On Monday, seven weeks after Iran’s disputed presidential election, the country’s supreme leader endorsed the declared victor.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave his blessing to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, clearing the way for Ahmadinejad to be sworn in on Wednesday for a second term.
Watch a video of the ceremony from an Iranian television channel:
But later, there were reports of new clashes in Tehran between security forces and protesters who oppose Ahmadinejad.
One Twitter user purporting to be in Iran wrote of his discontent:
Ahmadinejad is not my president Ahmadinejad is not our president Ahmadinejad is not Iran’s president.. never.. never… never
In black monday: coup government was appointed. where is my vote? where is Iraniran’s vote?
Watch a video claiming to show Monday’s protests from YouTube user IranYouth:
A large trial began this weekend for those arrested in the violence and protests that followed the election. They included many prominent politicians and religious figures.