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Juan Manuel Santos has been sworn in as Colombia's new President, taking over from Alvaro Uribe in the South American nation's capital, Bogota.
Before Saturday's official ceremony, Santos attended a symbolic ceremony with spiritual authorities from four of the country's ethnic groups in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, located in Colombia's northern region. Santos pledged to fulfill the nation's laws and Constitution.
Fifteen Latin American heads of state, and other dignitaries, attended his inauguration. Security was tight, with four-thousand extra police and military officers added to the nearly 19-thousand that normally work in the capital.
|Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, center right, congratulates|
his Vice President Angelino Garzon after their swearing-in ceremony
in Bogota, Colombia, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010. far right is Peru´s
President Alan Garcia, second right is Costa Rica's President Laura
Chinchilla and third right atop is Ecuador's President Rafael Correa.
(AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)