New president for Bulgaria

Tens of thousands rallied nationwide in support of President Petar Stoyanov, who was sworn in as Bulgaria's second democratically elected president.

The country's political rivals set aside their differences for the brief ceremony in Parliament to show respect for the man they hope can help resolve the country's political crisis as a prelude to urgently needed economic recovery. In his acceptance speech, Mr Stoyanov, 44, said Bulgarians want real market reforms and hope for a future that will encourage the country's young people to stay rather than following thousands who have emigrated in the past few years. AP - Sofia