Rafael Correa has taken been sworn in as President of Ecuador – for the third time.
He won an election in Feburary, promising more spending on health, education and infrastructure projects.
But he recently passed a new law restricting press freedoms and critics accused him of being a dangerous authoritarian, who controls state institutions.
Correa is a member of an alliance of left wing presidents and the ceremony brought together leaders from all over South America and further afield including Spain’s Prince Felipe.
Correa says that he intends to encourage foreign investment in the country to help the oil and mining industries.