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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 December 2006, 17:28 GMT
In pictures: DR Congo inauguration

Joseph Kabila

The swearing in of Joseph Kabila as president of the Democratic Republic Congo was broadcast on state television and afterwards Mr Kabila addressed the nation.

Woman dancing

The crowd at the event was in high spirits, with Mr Kabila promising respect for human rights and a new era for the war-ravaged nation.

Mr and Mrs Kabila

President Kabila married Olive just before the election campaign. The couple have a daughter born in 2001.

Supreme Court judges (Screen grab: RTNC TV)

There was much fanfare with the country's Supreme Court judges attending in uniform.

Azarias Ruberwa (Screen grab: RTNC TV)

Jean-Pierre Bemba who lost the run-off election refused to attend, but a presidential loser in the first round, Azarias Ruberwa, was amongst the guests.

Joseph Kabila is greeted by EU Development and Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Belgian Louis Michel

Diplomats offered their congratulations after the event.

Omar Bongo of Gabon (Screen grab: RTNC TV)

Nine African heads of states were also there, including Omar Bongo of Gabon - Africa's longest-serving leader.

Crowds sheltering under umbrellas (Screen grab: RTNC TV)

Thousands of guests sheltered from the hot sun in the gardens of State House, just next to the huge and powerful Congo river, under umbrellas.

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