Ignoring the protests of millions of its own citizens, Iran's parliament has pledged to inaugurate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president by mid-August, the LA Times reports. The announcement is another blow to reformist protesters, who already suffered the disappointment of the Guardian Council's announcement that they found no evidence of "major fraud." The LA Times also reports that the streets of Tehran have been relatively calm today; a likely result of the intensified oppression ordered by Ayatollah Khamenei. Meanwhile, the Iranian government continued lashing out at "foreign influences" by recalling its ambassador to Britain. A Reuters article reveals that Iranian television is claiming the death of Neda, which has become an icon of the reformist movement, was actually staged.
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