Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was officially inaugurated to his second term as President of Iran today under a dark cloud of voter irregularity and popular dissent. And that dissent is going all the way up the ranks of power. In silent protest, several senior figures, members of Parliament and high ranking clerics were notably absent at a ceremony where the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei formally approved the 2nd term presidency on Monday. Joining The Takeaway to describe what a second Ahmadinejad term may have in store for Iran and the world is Shaul Bakhash, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Middle East History at George Mason University in Virginia.
Even though he announced intentions to introduce reforms and make a more prosperous economy it seems hardly likely given the policies he pursued in the past, which were based more on the distribution of goodies rather than investment in productive programs.
—Shaul Bakhash on Ahmadenijad's second term as Iran's president