Ferdinand Marcos Jr was inaugurated as President of the Philippines | News

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Ferdinand Marcos Jr was sworn in on Thursday as president of the Philippines for a six-year term after winning the May elections to succeed Rodrigo Duterte as head of state.

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During his first words as president, the son of exdicator Ferdinand Marcos reiterated his call for national unity under a nationalistic tone.

At the ceremony at the National Museum of Manila, together with hundreds of dignitaries, journalists and supporters, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, was sworn in as president and paid tribute to his father’s 20-year term, marked by corruption and human rights abuses.

Hours before the ceremony, the official transfer of powers between the current president and the outgoing president, Rodrigo Duterte, who did not attend the oath, was held at the Malacañán presidential palace.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended, among other dignitaries, by the wife and four children of the current president and his mother, Imelda Marcos, who ruled in the shadow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

The new president of the Philippines will have to face rising inflation and an economy devastated by the coronavirus, for this he has promised to boost growth and increase food production.

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