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Nasheed sworn in as new Maldives president

world Updated: Nov 11, 2008 12:38 IST
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Nasheed sworn in as new Maldives president

Former political activist and prisoner Mohamed Nasheed was today sworn in as the new President of the Indian Ocean archipelago Maldives.

Nasheed, 41, took his oath of office at a ceremony in Male. The former political prisoner was elected in the first ever multi-party elections held in the island atoll nation.

Nasheed beat Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who had led the nation for 30 years and was Asia's longest-serving leader, in a Presidential run-off on October 28.

A host of foreign dignitaries, including India's Vice President Hamid Ansari attended the swearing in ceremony.