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Liberia's new leader takes oath of office, saying "war is over"

Businessman Gyude Bryant was sworn in as Liberia’s new interim leader and vowed to turn the page on the war-torn west African country’s bloody past. “My people, the war is over,” Bryant said after taking the oath of office, two months after the flight into exile of disgraced president Charles Taylor, who was at the center of two wars over the last 14 years. The new president in turn administered the oath of office to his vice president, Wesley Johnson, at the gold-domed parliament building that dominates the capital Monrovia. “We have faith in our future and the determination to succeed,” said Bryant, 54, who will lead a 21-member government divided out under an August peace pact among Taylor loyalists, rebels, the political opposition and civic groups. Full Story

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