Tanzania's newly elected president Jakaya Kikwete has taken the oath of office and started his five-year term.

A number of African leaders attended the inauguration Wednesday in the main stadium of the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

The new president delivered a short speech in which he pledged to continue fighting poverty in Tanzania, one of the world's poorest nations.

Official results from last week's election gave more than 80 percent of the vote to Mr. Kikwete, who had been Tanzania's foreign minister.

His nearest rival, Ibrahim Lipumba of the main opposition Civic United Front, took 11 percent.

President Kikwete's Chama Cha Mapinduzi party has held power in the east African nation since independence in 1961.

Some information for this report provided by AF and Reuters.