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General-President becomes Mr President

November 29, 2007
Pervez Musharraf on Thursday embarked on a new five-year term as a civilian President after shedding his military uniform but rejected Western pressure to lift emergency, saying Pakistan wanted democracy but 'we will do it our way.'

The oath was administered to him by Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar in the Aiwan-e-Sadr presidential palace in Islamabad a day after Musharraf bowed to intense domestic and international pressure, and stepped down as head of Pakistan's powerful military.

Attired in a dark traditional tunic, a solemn-looking Musharraf took oath under the Constitution of Pakistan and not under the emergency regulations. He pledged to do his utmost to preserve and protect the nation.

Image: Pakistan Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar administers the oath to Musharraf as a civilian President.
Photograph: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images

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