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Poroshenko sworn in as Ukraine's president

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Posted: Jun 7, 2014 1:32 AM

Updated: Jun 7, 2014 1:32 AM

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) Petro Poroshenko has taken the oath of office as Ukraine's president, assuming leadership of a country mired in a violent uprising and economic troubles.

Poroshenko, who became a billionaire as a candy tycoon, was elected on May 25, three months after the pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych fled the country in the wake of months of street protests.

He took the oath of office on Saturday in the Verkhovna Rada, the country's parliament.

In his inaugural speech, Petroshenko is expected to detail plans for ending a pro-Russian separatist uprising in the country's east that broke out after Yanukovych's ouster.

Topics: EU-Ukraine

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