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New Polish president, Bronislaw Komorowski, has been sworn in at a ceremony before both chambers of parliament.
The Europe-friendly and pro-business leader outlined his blueprint for the country's future in his debut speech as president. Liu Yue has more.
Komorowski's inauguration came after a moment of silence for late former president Lech Kaczynski and 95 other people killed in a plane crash in Russia on April 10th.
In the first speech of his five-year term, Komorowski pledged to help modernize Poland, promote scientific research and work to improve the country's ailing health system.
Bronislaw Komorowski, Polish President, said, "I believe in dialogue that enriches and doesn't break the feeling of the national community by arguments. This makes sense because development and modernization of the country depends on mutual trust and the cooperation of social capital."
58-year-old Komorowski is Poland's fifth president since 1989.
As head of state, he will formally be the supreme commander of the armed forces.
Komorowski says he hopes to withdraw Polish troops from Afghanistan by the end in 2012.
He is a leading member of Prime Minister Donald Tusk's ruling Civic Platform party, which favors pro-business policies.
Many political observers hope that having a president and government from the same party will end previous bitterness that marked the three years before Lech Kaczynski's death.