Yemeni president takes constitutional oath for his new term 2006-09-27 22:49:49

    SANAA, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Incumbent Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Wednesday afternoon took the constitutional oath for a new seven-year presidential term before an extraordinary session of the Yemeni parliament.

    Saleh got 77.17 percent of a total 5.37 million votes in the country's Sept. 20 presidential elections.

    The incumbent president vowed to pursue Yemen's battle against al-Qaida and other militants after being sworn in for a second presidential term.

    He told his parliament that "Yemen will continue its fight against terrorism."

    Saleh, a military officer who enjoys near absolute power and has ruled Yemen since its unification in 1990, ran against four other candidates in last week's polls, including a candidate for an opposition coalition.

    Yemen, the ancestral home of al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden, has cracked down on militants. The country cooperated with Washington after Sept. 11 attacks and al-Qaida attacks at home, including the bombing of an American warship in 2000. Enditem

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