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GUINEA-BISSAU: Yala sworn in as president

Abidjan, 17 February 2000 (IRIN) - Kumba Yala was sworn in as president of Guinea Bissau on Thursday in a ceremony held at the September 24 stadium in Bissau, a humanitarian source who attended the inauguration told IRIN.

In his speech, Yala said the provision of health and education and the revitalisation of the agriculture sector were among the priority areas for his government, the source told IRIN.

The ceremony was attended by local and foreign dignitaries, including the presidents of Cape Verde and The Gambia and the Portuguese foreign minister.

Yala won a landslide victory against interim president Malam Bacai Sanha in the second round of the election, held on 16 January.

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