Sanaa, Yemen. Longtime Yemeni vice president Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi took the oath of office as president on Saturday ahead of formal handover of power by veteran strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Hadi pledged to “preserve the country’s unity, independence and territorial integrity in a swearing-in ceremony in parliament broadcast live by state television.
Saleh, who arrived back in Sanaa from medical treatment in the United States earlier on Saturday, is to formally transfer the reins of power in a ceremony at the presidential palace on Monday.
The handover will put the seal on a hard-won November transfer of power deal, under which Saleh agreed to step down in return for a controversial promise of immunity from prosecution over the deaths of hundreds of people during 10 months of protests against his 33-year rule.
Official results released late on Friday from a Tuesday presidential election in which Hadi’s name was the only one on the ballot paper gave him 99.8 percent of valid votes cast.