August 5th, 2009
08:39 PM ET

Empty seats, silence speaks for protesters

[cnn-photo-caption image="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/08/05/iran.analysis/art.office.afp.gi.jpg" caption="Ahmadinejad waves after being sworn in as Iranian president for a second time."]

Octavia Nasr | BIO
AC360° Contributor
CNN Senior Editor, Middle East Affairs

In his inauguration speech at the Iranian parliament, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had something to say for almost everyone - his supporters, his opponents and those he called "enemies" without naming names.

He hailed what he called an "epic election" but didn't go into the turmoil of the past two months that ensued.

No word on the reformist movement calling the vote rigged or demonstrators who chanted for weeks slogans such as, "Death to Ahmadinejad." No mention of those who demanded new election and posted messages on the Internet as they did repeatedly today on the social networking site Twitter saying, "This is the voice of Iran, Ahmadinejad is NOT our president."

Instead, Mr. Ahmadinejad stressed that, "The victor is all the people, the revolutionary values, and the Islamic establishment."

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Elaine

    Will he now go after the protesters with a renewed focus?

    August 6, 2009 at 8:06 am |
  2. Sam

    I think it is very important to cover the story of the 12 year old boy beaten to death at the mourning of Neda Agha Soltan. People need to know that how malicious and horrific the situation still is in Iran.

    August 6, 2009 at 1:38 am |
  3. Sabrina In Los Angeles

    I think that was good.

    Sorry we didn't show up for your special event...was that today?

    Sometimes saying nothing speaks louder than anything at all.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:12 pm |