August 5, 2009 / 8:16 AM / 11 years ago

TIMELINE: Ahmadinejad sworn in after protests rock Iran

(Reuters) - Here is a summary of the main developments since Iran’s June 12 presidential election:

June 13 - Hardline incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wins election with nearly 63 percent of vote, authorities say. Reformist challenger Mirhossein Mousavi has 34 percent. Mousavi calls result a “dangerous charade”. Thousands of protesters clash with police.

June 14 - Mousavi asks Guardian Council to annul election.

June 15 - Seven killed during march by Mousavi supporters in Tehran, state media says. Protests break out in other cities.

June 16 - Thousands of pro-Mousavi demonstrators march in northern Tehran.

— Authorities ban foreign journalists from leaving their offices to cover street protests.

June 17 - Ahmadinejad defends legitimacy of the vote in a cabinet meeting saying it “posed a great challenge to the West’s democracy,” Mehr news agency reports.

June 18 - Thousands of Mousavi’s backers rally in Tehran to mourn those killed in the mass protests.

June 19 - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says protest leaders will be responsible for any bloodshed if rallies continue over the election, which he says Ahmadinejad won fairly by 11 million votes.

June 20 - Riot police are deployed to disperse groups of several hundred Iranians who gathered across Tehran.

— A suicide bomber blows himself up near the shrine of Iran’s revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran, Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency reports.

— State television says 450 people are detained during clashes in Tehran in which 10 people are killed, including Neda Agha-Soltan. Graphic footage of her death is seen around the world on the Internet.

June 22 - Hardline Revolutionary Guards say they will “firmly confront in a revolutionary way rioters and those who violate the law”. Police break up a protest in Tehran.

June 23 - Guardian Council again rules out annulment of the poll, saying there have been no major polling irregularities. Riot police and Basij militia in Tehran ward off mass protests.

— U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States is “appalled and outraged” by Iran’s crackdown.

— Britain expels two Iranian diplomats after two of its own are expelled from Iran.

June 26 - The Guardian Council found no major violations in the vote, which it described as the “healthiest” since 1979.

— Hardline cleric Ahmad Khatami, a member of the Assembly of Experts, calls for the execution of leading “rioters”.

June 28 - Authorities detain several local British embassy staff for involvement in the unrest. Britain calls the arrests “harassment and intimidation” and demands their release.

July 1 - A semi-official Iranian news agency says one of three local British embassy staff still in detention had a “remarkable role” in the post-election unrest.

July 5 - A pro-reform Iranian clerical group says the outcome of the presidential vote was “invalid”, even though Supreme Leader Khamenei has upheld the result.

July 17 - Clashes erupt between police and reformist protesters for the first time in weeks in Tehran after former President Rafsanjani declares Iran in crisis.

July 20 - Reformist former president Mohammad Khatami calls for a referendum on the legitimacy of the government.

July 30 - Clashes erupt after hundreds of Mousavi supporters gather to mourn Neda Agha-Soltan at Tehran’s Behesht-e Zahra cemetery but police force Mousavi to leave. Hundreds of police fire teargas to disperse protesters from nearby streets.

Aug 1 - Trials begin of prominent moderates, charged with trying to overthrow the clerical establishment.

Aug 3 - Supreme Leader Khamenei formally approves the second term presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Aug 5 - Ahmadinejad to be sworn in by parliament.

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