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Hussain To Take Pakistani Presidential Oath

Pakistan's new president, Mamnoon Hussain (file photo)

Pakistan's new president, Mamnoon Hussain (file photo)

Mamnoon Hussain has been sworn in as Pakistan's new president. The chief judge of the Supreme Court, Iftikhar Chaudhry, administered the oath to Hussain at a ceremony in Islamabad.

Hussain's predecessor, Asif Ali Zardari, stepped down on September 8 after completing his five-year term, becoming the country's first democratically elected leader to serve a full term in office.

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Zardari rose to power after the assassination of his wife, two-time Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, in a gun and bomb attack in 2007.

Pakistani lawmakers elected Hussain as president in July.

A textile businessman, he is a longtime member of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Muslim League-Nawaz party and served as governor of Sindh for several months in 1999.

Hussain lacks a personal power base and has not been a prominent figure in national politics.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and