Yemen's new president on Saturday promised to continue the fight against al Qaeda, calling it "a religious and national duty" for citizens of his restive nation.
Abdurabu Mansur Hadi was sworn in Saturday in the capital, Sanaa. The ceremony cements a power transfer deal reached in November to end months of protests and violence over outgoing leader Ali Abdullah Saleh's longtime rule. Hadi served as Saleh's vice president and became acting president in November in an agreement brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council -- was sworn in front of Yemen's parliament. Before he took power, the Yemeni government had been swept by anti-Saleh protests and for years has been fighting al Qaeda militants.
As Hadi was being sworn in, a deadly car bomb killed more than 20 security force members in another part of the nation. The explosion occurred in Hadramout province, near the presidential palace in Mukalla, the provincial seat, a senior security official and an eyewitness said.