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Pakistan's newly-elected P.M. sworn into office

Nawaz Sharif vows to improve economy, end drone strikes

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    A banner with the photo of Pakistan's upcoming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is displayed near the National Assembly building, background, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Pakistan's parliament is set to elect Sharif as prime minister on Wednesday, completing a historic transition of power in the country's coup-riddled history. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

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    A banner with the portrait of Pakistan's upcoming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is displayed near the National Assembly building, background, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Pakistan's parliament is set to elect Sharif as prime minister on Wednesday, completing a historic transition of power in the country's coup-riddled history. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

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    In this photo released by the Pakistan Muslim League-N party, incoming Prime Minister and Head of Pakistan Muslim League-N party Nawaz Sharif, left, takes the oath of office with other newly elected parliamentarians during the first session of the National Assembly in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, June 1, 2013. Newly elected members of Pakistan's National Assembly were sworn in Saturday, officially marking the first transition of power between democratically elected civilian governments in the nearly 66-year history of this coup-prone country. (AP Photo/Pakistan Muslim League-N party)

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    Supporters of Pakistan's upcoming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif carry a stuffed animal, which was the election symbol of Sharif's party, outside the National Assembly building in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Pakistan's parliament is set to elect Sharif as prime minister on Wednesday, completing a historic transition of power in the country's coup-riddled history. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

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ISLAMABAD  — Pakistan’s newly-elected prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has been sworn into office for his third term.

President Asif Ali Zardari administered the oath of office today to Sharif at the presidential palace, in front of a crowd of government officials, military officers, and diplomatic representatives.

Lawmakers earlier in the day elected Sharif by a wide margin as was expected, following his party’s victory in the May 11 parliament elections.

During a speech shortly after his election, Sharif vowed to improve the country’s ailing economy and called for an end to American drone strikes.

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