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Breakaway region swears in president

September 08, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

The former security chief of Nagorno-Karabakh was sworn in as the new president of the Armenian-controlled breakaway region.

Bako Saakian, who took 85% of the vote in July, headed Nagorno-Karabakh's security service from 2001 until he resigned to run for president.

Saakian pledged to push for full independence of the mountainous territory inside Azerbaijan, which has run its own affairs without international recognition since driving out Azerbaijani forces in the early 1990s.

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