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Jovenel Moise Haiti swears in new president

The 48-year-old banana exporter, who has never held political office, took the oath at a ceremony at the National Assembly.

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New Haitian President Jovenel Moise arrives at the Te Deum during his inauguration ceremony at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, on February 7, 2017 play

New Haitian President Jovenel Moise arrives at the Te Deum during his inauguration ceremony at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, on February 7, 2017

(AFP)

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Jovenel Moise was sworn in Tuesday as Haiti's 58th president, ending a protracted electoral crisis that had created a vacuum of power in the impoverished, disaster-prone Caribbean nation.

Moise, a 48-year-old banana exporter who has never held political office, took the oath at a ceremony at the National Assembly.

He was former president Michel Martelly hand-picked choice to lead the poorest country in the Americas, one still struggling to recover from devastating natural disasters.

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