Juba (Reuters/NAN) – South Sudan’s Salva Kiir was sworn in as president of the world’s newest nation on Saturday during a ceremony formally declaring independence from Sudan in the north.
“I … do hereby swear by Almighty God that as the president of the Republic of South Sudan I shall be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Republic of South Sudan,” Kiir said.
Kiir, who read out an oath on a podium before tens of thousands of southerners, said he would be faithful to the country.
James Igga, the South Sudanese parliament Speaker, however, read out the formal declaration of independence for the Republic of South Sudan, the final step in a 2005 deal that followed decades of war between the north and south.
“We, the democratically elected representatives of the people, hereby declare Southern Sudan to be an independent and sovereign state,” Igga said. (Reuters/NAN)