The widower of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto has taken the oath of office as president in Pakistan.
Asif Ali Zardari was sworn in at a ceremony in the presidential palace recently vacated by Pervez Musharraf, who resigned last month to avoid impeachment.
It is hopped Zardari will bring some form of stability to Pakistan after months of political turmoil and rising militant violence.
He takes over after nine years of military rule under Musharraf, who made himself deeply unpopular by imposing emergency rule and sacking Supreme Court judges to try to block legal challenges against him.
The ruling coalition, led by Zardari’s Pakistan People’s party, has collapsed over the failure to restore the judges.
But, having found new allies, he has raised hopes that he can restore political stability to Pakistan, despite his lack of experience and corruption allegations.