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Essebsi sworn in as Tunisia's president

Essebsi vows to be a 'president for all Tunisians without exception'
Tunisian President-elect Beji Caid Essebsi during his swearing in ceremony at the parliament in Tunis, Tunisia, on 31 December, 2014 (AA)

Beji Caid Essebsi on Wednesday took the oath of office as Tunisia's president following a 2011 revolution that ousted autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

Addressing the newly-elected National Assembly, Essebsi vowed to be a "president for all Tunisians without exception" and preserve the country's national unity.

"There is no future for Tunisia without reconciliation between political institutions and harmony between the various components of civil society," he added.

He pledged to achieve "the goals of the revolution," restore security and fight terrorism.

Following the ceremony, Essebsi went to Cartage Palace to assume the presidency from former president Moncef Marzouki.

Essebsi, who served as parliament speaker under Ben Ali, defeated Marzouki in a presidential runoff held on 21 December, winning 55.68 percent of the vote.