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'Sweet Micky' Sworn in as President of Haiti

THONY BELIZAIRE/AFP/Getty Images(PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti) -- From pop star to the presidential office, that’s the journey Michel Martelly has travelled.

On Saturday, Martelly, 50, was sworn in as president of Haiti, a country still dealing with the devastation that resulted from the January, 2010 earthquake. Martelly, also known as “Sweet Micky,” was inaugurated in a ceremony held in front of the crumbled National Palace in Port-au-Prince. Among the guests at the ceremony was former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti.

During the ceremony there was a minor hiccup in the form of a power outage, however, the swearing-in was eventually able to take place with the presidential sash being placed on Martelly, and perhaps earning him the new nickname “President Micky,” which is his current Twitter moniker.

On April 4, it was announced that Martelly had defeated Mirlande Manigat in the race for president.

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