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Maurico Funes takes office as president of El Salvador
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09:46, June 02, 2009

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Former television journalist Mauricio Funes on Monday took the oath of office that makes him president of El Salvador, according to news reaching here.

Funes spoke of hopes for dramatic change in his acceptance speech.

"We have to rebuild and reinvent the nation," he told an audience that included the presidents of Brazil, Venezuela and Chile, Luis Inacio de Lula, Hugo Chavez and Michelle Bachelet; and U.S. secretary of state Hilary Clinton. "We have to improve what is already good and do things that have never been done."

One of his first moves as president was to restart diplomatic relations with Cuba, which leaves the U.S as the only nation in the Americas that does not recognize the government.

El Salvador's new President, Mauricio Funes (L) and his wife Wanda Pignato wave after Funes is sworn-in at the International Fair and Convention Centre in San Salvador June 1, 2009

El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes waves after his swearing in ceremony as new president in San Salvador June 1, 2009.


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