Iran leader approves Ahmadinejad presidency: TV

Iran's supreme leader formally approved the second term presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday after a disputed election that leading reformists say was rigged to ensure the incumbent's victory.

"The official ceremony was held and Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) approved Mr. Ahmadinejad's presidency," the Arabic language al-Alam state television said.

Khamenei has endorsed the June 12 election result and demanded an end to protests during which at least 20 people were killed.

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