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.
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 dawn.com