Malian re-elected President Amadou Toumani Toure on Friday was sworn-in for a second five-year term in the capital city of Bamako, according to reports reaching Abidjan.
At the Bamako International Conference Center, Toure, 59, took the oath of office in the presence of seven fellow African heads of state and representatives from nearly 40 countries and organizations.
Li Zhaoxing, who retired from the post of Chinese foreign minister in April, attended the investiture as Chinese President Hu Jintao's special envoy.
In his speech Toure reviewed his first term and said he will make education and employment priorities during his new term.
The president said he will boost investment in education, try to create job opportunities, enhance women's social status and beef-up international cooperation to maintain Africa's peace and development.
Amadou Toumani Toure, known popularly by his initials "ATT," seized power in 1991, organized polls and handed power to elected president Alpha Oumar Konare the following year.
Toure won presidential elections in 2002 and was successfully re-elected for a second and final five-year term after receiving more than 70 percent of all the valid votes cast on April 29.