PORT-AU-PRINCE Ė Businessman Jovenel Moise was sworn in on Tuesday as Haitiís president at a ceremony in Parliament.
Moise, 48, began his five-year term as the impoverished Caribbean nationís 58th president, bringing the administration of interim leader Jocelerme Privert, who took office in February 2016 amid a deep political crisis, to a close.
The new president received the presidential sash from the hand of National Assembly president Youri Latortue after it was relinquished by Privert.
With his left hand on the Constitution, Moise swore ďbefore God and the nation to faithfully observe the Constitution and the laws of the Republic.Ē
After the inauguration, the new leader left Parliament and traveled to the museum at the National Pantheon to place a floral offering in honor of the heroes of Haiti.
Later on Tuesday, he will deliver his first address as president from the gardens of the National Palace, which was practically destroyed by the powerful and deadly 2010 earthquake.
Attending the events surrounding the inauguration was Dominican President Danilo Medina, along with representatives of 78 nations.
Also on hand for the solemn occasion was Thomas Shannon, the US undersecretary of state for political affairs, while the Spanish delegation was headed by Fernando Garcia Casas, the secretary of state for international cooperation and Iberoamerica.
After the nullification of the results of the October 2015 election and after the balloting had been postponed on four occasions, Moise, with the Haitian Tet Kale Party, managed to win last Novemberís valid election in the first round with 55.6 percent of the votes.