25 Feb '12, 8am

Successor to Yemen's Saleh sworn in - Channel NewsAsia

Successor to Yemen's Saleh sworn in - Channel NewsAsia

SANAA: Longtime Yemeni vice president Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi took the oath of office as president on Saturday ahead of formal handover of power by veteran strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh. Hadi pledged to "preserve the country's unity, independence and territorial integrity" in a swearing-in ceremony in parliament broadcast live by state television. After taking the oath, the new president gave an address to the nation in which he vowed to open a dialogue with all political forces, restore security in the impoverished "without which no economic development would be possible" and "continue the battle against Al-Qaeda." The jihadist group has seized large swathes of southern and eastern Yemen, taking advantage of a decline in central government control during the months of political turmoil that led up to Saturday's ceremony. Saleh, who arrived back in Sanaa from medical treatment...

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