SAN SALVADOR, June 1 (Xinhua) -- Salvador Sanchez Ceren was sworn in Sunday as El Salvador's new president with a pledge to establish a new security system to tackle crimes in his country, where an average of 10 people are killed each day.
"Beginning from today, I will lead the National System of Citizen Security," said Sanchez Ceren, who won the March 9 presidential election to replace Mauricio Funes.
Sanchez Ceren, 69, is a former guerrilla commander of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front which is now a left-wing political party.
"After long years of fighting for justice and democracy in my country, I receive the presidential sash with humility and respect, with the commitment to governing for all the Salvadorians," he said at the inauguration ceremony.
"I will exercise presidency with honesty, austerity, efficiency and transparency," he added. Sanchez Ceren is the first former guerrilla commander to become president in the country.
El Salvador is facing a difficult economic situation with public debt reaching 55 percent of GDP in 2013. The country is also scourged by endemic poverty, violent gangs and high crime rates.