Abdurabu Mansur Hadi was sworn as Yemen’s president today after winning elections that officially ended the 33-year rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the fourth Arab leader to succumb to uprisings in the region over the last year.
The government in Yemen “has been backed by popular legitimacy that no one can doubt,” he said during his speech aired by Al-Jazeera television. Hadi was the only presidential candidate in the Feb. 21 elections, which were part of a Gulf- brokered accord to end protests in the country.
Saleh agreed to relinquish power in the Arab world’s poorest country after months of protests inspired by the revolts that forced out leaders in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.
Saleh returned to Yemen last night from the U.S., where he received medical treatment, and went to his residence, state television reported.
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