SANAA - Yemen's new president was inaugurated on Monday, saying the impoverished Arab state faced a "complex and difficult phase" as his predecessor stood down after 33 years in power.
Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi took office after elections last week in which he was the sole candidate to replace longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh.
"We stand before a complex and difficult phase," Hadi said at his inauguration, standing beside Saleh, who later handed him the Yemeni flag.
"The Yemeni people who turned out in their millions for early elections have sent a clear message of their desire for security and stability and change for the better. Today... we receive a new leadership and we bid farewell to a leadership," he added.