Ahmadinejad cancels trip to African summit

July 1, 2009 at 1:39 PM
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TEHRAN, July 1 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad canceled his trip to Libya to attend an African Union summit for undisclosed reasons, Iranian media reported.

Ahmadinejad had been scheduled to leave Tehran Wednesday for Sirte, Libya, to attend the summit, CNN reported.

He is expected to be sworn in for his second term later in July after Iran's election watchdog, the Guardian Council, completed an investigation into alleged voter irregularities. The Guardian Council said this week it stood by its findings that the hard-line incumbent scored an overwhelming victory in the June 12 election, which brought about allegations of vote fraud and touched off more than two weeks of sometimes violent protests and government crackdowns.

Iranian media reports Ahmadinejad will be sworn in before parliament on July 26, CNN said. A few days later, he will participate in a ceremony officiated by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader. After that, his second term officially will begin.

Iranian government clamped down on reporting by international media outlets, making it difficult for the organizations to verify reports generated within the Islamic republic.

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