BAMAKO, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Mali's President-elect, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, on Wednesday morning took the oath of office before members of the Supreme Court, during a swearing-in ceremony held at the Bamako International Conference Center (CICB).
"I swear before God and the Malian people to faithfully protect the republican regime, to fulfill my duties in the supreme interest of the people, to protect the democratic achievements, guarantee national unity, independence of the homeland and the national territorial integrity," the new president said before the people present at the function.
"I promise to do everything possible to achieve national unity, " he reiterated.
The swearing-in ceremony comes two weeks after the announcement of the final results of the second round of the presidential elections held on Aug. 11, by the Constitutional Court, in conformity with article 37 of Mali's Constitution.
During the announcement of the final results on Aug. 20, the Constitutional Court president Amadi Tamba Camara declared that Keita won the elections with 77.62 percent against his challenger, Soumaila Cisse who obtained 22.38 percent.
Another swearing-in ceremony will take place on Sept. 19 at the biggest stadium in Bamako. During the event, 25 presidents from the sub-region will take part, including French President Francois Hollande and South Africa's Jacob Zuma.