President sworn into office

Serzh Sarkisyan was sworn in as Armenian president on Wednesday as the former Soviet republic looked to put recent electoral violence behind it.

Thousands of supporters of Levon Ter-Petrosyan, who was defeated by then-Prime Minister Sarkisyan in the Feb. 19 presidential elections, rallied the day after the polls, claiming that they had been rigged and demanding a rerun and access to national television.

Sarkisyan denied the allegations, insisting that he had won the presidential elections fairly.

Sarkisyan’s inauguration was attended by Armenian government officials, representatives of 12 international organizations and delegations from 58 countries.

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