Maputo - President Joaquim Chissano pledged during his inauguration ceremony on Saturday to fight corruption and poverty, but one of his most pressing tasks is to smooth relations with the political opposition, which disputes the election results.
At the ceremony in Independence Square, Chissano pledged to promote national unity and consolidate peace, stability and democracy in this southeast African nation, which is emerging from a 15-year civil war.
Underscoring the challenges he faces, Friday's opening of the newly elected Parliament was anything but peaceful, with the main opposition Renamo party raucously taking its seats and demanding a recount of the votes from last month's elections, the second-ever in this former Portuguese colony.
According to official results, Chissano won 52,29 percent of the presidential vote and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama, the only challenger, 47,71 percent.
Chissano's Frelimo party took 48 percent of the parliamentary votes and Renamo 38,81 percent.