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Egyptian President Mubarak Begins Fifth Term


Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has called for both his supporters and opponents to work with him as he embarks on his fifth presidential term.

He took the oath of office Tuesday before parliament and several foreign dignitaries, including Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

In a nationally televised speech, the 77-year-old leader pledged to continue a nascent program of political and economic reforms, and to improve the living standard of Egypt's majority poor during his term, which runs through 2011.

He also promised November's legislative elections will be "free and fair," after criticisms that September's first multi-candidate presidential race was rife with voting irregularities. Mr. Mubarak beat nine challengers, winning more than 88 percent of the vote.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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