Retired army Gen. Otto Perez Molina was sworn in as Guatemala's president Saturday, pledging to take a tough stand on crime amid growing insecurity in the Central American nation.
"We have a country in crisis ... a nation very close to an economic and moral breakdown," he said. "Today, there is an air of hope."
Concerns about violence in Guatemala, which has worsened as Mexican drug cartels have stepped up operations in parts of the country, dominated last year's vote.
In a Vox Latina national survey in July, more than two-thirds of Guatemalans said violence was what concerned them most, far outpacing the combined totals for the economy, unemployment, poverty and lack of education.
The 61-year-old retired general pledged to bring a "mano dura" - firm hand - to Guatemala's highest office.FULL STORY