Pakistan's newly-elected PM sworn into office

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Supporters of Pakistan's upcoming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif carry a stuffed animal, which was the election symbol of Sharif's party, outside the National Assembly building in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Pakistan's parliament is set to elect Sharif as prime minister on Wednesday, completing a historic transition of power in the country's coup-riddled history. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's newly-elected prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has been sworn into office for his third term.

President Asif Ali Zardari administered the oath of office on Wednesday to Sharif at the presidential palace, in front of a crowd of government officials, military officers, and diplomatic representatives.

Lawmakers earlier in the day elected Sharif by a wide margin as was expected, following his party's victory in the May 11 parliament elections.

During a speech shortly after his election, Sharif vowed to improve the country's ailing economy and called for an end to American drone strikes.