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Preval Inaugurated as Haiti's President


Haiti's President Rene Preval has been sworn in, becoming the nation's first elected leader in two years.

Mr. Preval took the oath of office Sunday in a ceremony in the capital, Port-au-Prince, which included representatives from the United States and several other countries.

Moments earlier, gunfire was reported inside a nearby penitentiary, where some prisoners were seen on the building's roof. No casualties were immediately reported in the apparent disturbance.

Mr. Preval was elected president in a February vote, about two years after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted.

He has vowed to work to reunify the Caribbean nation, which has suffered waves of violence since the 2004 uprising.

The 63-year-old former president will take over from an interim administration that is backed by United Nations peacekeepers from Brazil.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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