New Haitian cabinet takes office
Haiti's democratically elected government has been sworn in.
Prime Minister Jacques-Edouard Alexis' new cabinet replaces the interim administration named after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide fled in 2004.
Current President Rene Preval said Haiti was on the path to recovering its sovereignty, but said it needed the help of the international community.
A UN peacekeeping force is deployed in Haiti, which remains deeply divided between rival political factions.
The swearing in of Mr Alexis and his six-party coalition cabinet brings to a close more than two years of political uncertainty.
The cabinet will seek to rebuild perennially frail democratic institutions in a country that has known mostly authoritarian rule, our correspondent adds.
President Preval - a former ally of Mr Aristide - urged Haitians to work together to overcome the mistrust among political groups.
"Permanent dialogue will be crucial for national protection," he said at Friday's swearing-in ceremony.
The new cabinet includes several members of Mr Preval's Lespwa party and a representative from five other parties - including Mr Aristide's Fanmi Lavalas.
Mr Aristide was forced into exile after former army soldiers launched a rebellion in early 2004 amid ongoing political and economic turmoil.
An interim government was formed, and UN peacekeepers were sent to curb continuing violence.
President Preval and a new parliament were elected in February.
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Published: 2006/06/10 03:52:13 GMT
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