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Comedian Maz Jobrani Explains Mocking Chant Saying Goodbye to Ahmadinejad

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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad listens to a question during a joint news conference with Najaf governor Adnan al-Zurufi in Najaf, Iraq, July 19, 2013. REUTERS/Karim Kadim/Pool (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX11RT4

Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, is wrapping up his first week in office.

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The moderate cleric was sworn in last Sunday, officially ending the eight-year, two-term presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Many Iranians–both in Iran and around the globe–celebrated with a chant.

It's a very distinct chant that dates back to Iran's previous presidential vote, in 2009, which many believe Ahmadinejad stole.

Ah-medi-bye-byyye. Ah-medi-bye-byyye. Ah-medi-bye-byyye.

Host Aaron Schachter talks with Maz Jobrani, an Iranian-American comedian who lives in Los Angeles, about the chant.

Jobrani knows that chant well.

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