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