Sargsyan Pledges to Work With Foes

YEREVAN, Armenia -- Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan promised at his inauguration Wednesday to heal rifts with his opponents, one month after clashes between police and protesters killed eight people.

Sargsyan was sworn in as president at Yerevan's opera house in front of an audience of hundreds including parliamentarians and foreign guests.

"This ceremony takes place about a month after painful events, which inflicted wounds that are still fresh," Sargsyan said in a speech.

"These wounds caused pain and bitterness to all of us. Today, I urge everybody to look forward, together, to seek and find the path of reconciliation, of development, for the future of Armenia."

Anti-government protesters say Sargsyan and his ally, former President Robert Kocharyan, rigged the Feb. 19 presidential election. Sargsyan was declared winner of the vote with around 53 percent, beating his nearest challenger, who received about 21.5 percent.