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Former Rebel Leader Sworn in as Burundi's President


Burundi's former rebel leader, Pierre Nkurunziza, has been sworn in as the country's first elected leader, marking the end of 12 years of civil war.

President Nkurunziza pledged Friday, to honor the peace accord that brought him to power. Holding Burundi's national flag and constitution, he swore to stand for peace and fight all ideologies of ethnic division and genocide.

A number of African leaders attended the ceremony in the capital, Bujumbura, including the presidents of South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique.

Mr. Nkurunziza was elected last week by parliament, which is dominated by the former Hutu rebel group he once led - the Forces for the Defense of Democracy.

As president, Mr. Nkurunziza has vowed to seek peace talks with the last remaining Hutu rebel group still active in Burundi - the National Liberation Front.

Some 300,000 people died in during the civil war.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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