Lebanese president vows to uproot corruption

BEIRUT (AP) " Lebanon's newly elected President Michel Aoun has vowed to uproot corruption and strive for nation-building in the deeply divided country.

Aoun spoke Sunday before thousands of supporters who gathered at the presidential palace in Baabda in southeastern Beirut.

The 83-year-old has been a central figure in Lebanese politics for decades. He was elected by parliament as president on Monday.

"A strong nation needs a strong government to administer it," he said. "Corruption will be uprooted," he added, drawing cheers from his supporters waving red, white and green Lebanese flags.

Aoun was elected president following a 29-month presidential vacuum. Many Lebanese hope his election would breathe new life into state institutions that have been paralyzed for nearly three years.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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