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Benigno Aquino takes oath as new president

2010-06-30 08:28:33 GMT2010-06-30 16:28:33 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Philippines' President-elect Benigno Aquino III (C) takes his oath before Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales in Manila, the Philippines, on June 30, 2010. Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday took his oath as Philippine 15th president at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila in front of thousands of Filipinos. (Xinhua/Jon Fabrigar)

Philippines' President-elect Benigno Aquino III and outgoing President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo arrive at the Quirino Grandstand for the inauguration ceremony in Manila, the Philippines, on June 30, 2010. Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday took his oath as Philippine 15th president at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila in front of thousands of Filipinos. (Xinhua/Jon Fabrigar)

Philippines' President-elect Benigno Aquino III (front row L) and outgoing President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (front row R) stand at the Quirino Grandstand for the inauguration ceremony in Manila, the Philippines, on June 30, 2010. Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday took his oath as Philippine 15th president at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila in front of thousands of Filipinos. (Xinhua/Jon Fabrigar)

Philippines' President Benigno Aquino III (R) inspects the troops after taking his oath in Manila, the Philippines, on June 30, 2010. Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday took his oath as Philippine 15th president at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila in front of thousands of Filipinos. (Xinhua/Jon Fabrigar)

MANILA, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday took his oath as Philippine 15th president at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila in front of thousands of Filipinos.

Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales officiated the oath taking, the first female justice to swear in a Philippine president. Traditionally, Philippine presidents take their oath before a Chief Justice.

Shortly before Aquino took his oath, Vice-President Jejomar Binay took his oath as the next vice president, also administered by Conchita Morales-Carpio.

Benigno, son of former Philippine President Corazon Aquino and senator Benigno Aquino, Jr., won a landslide victory in the May 2010 polls in the country's first automated election.

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