Latest Inaugurations News

Illinois hopes 'better angels' prevail in Lincoln desk rehab

Sep. 16, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The storage-room merchants' desk where President-elect Abraham Lincoln penned his first inaugural address, beseeching southern states to recall the “mystic chords of memory" and invoke “the better angels of our nature” to circumvent the Civil War, was unveiled...

Police clash with opponents of Serbian church in Montenegro

Sep. 05, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

CETINJE, Montenegro (AP) — Arriving in a military helicopter, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro was inaugurated in the state's old capital on Sunday amid clashes between police and protesters who oppose continued Serb influence in the tiny Balkan nation. ...

Zambia's parliament elects first female speaker amid changes

Sep. 03, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zambia’s parliament has elected its first female speaker, days after new President Hakainde Hichilema began shaking up the government by firing security commanders and promising economic reforms. In August the long-time opposition leader was...

Zambians cheer inauguration of new leader Hakainde Hichilema

Aug. 24, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zambia's new president, longtime opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, has been sworn into power, raising hopes in the southern African country that in recent years has swung from prosperity and stability to massive debt, recession and repression. ...

Montenegrins protest inauguration of new Serbian church head

Aug. 22, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

CETINJE, Montenegro (AP) — Several thousand people demonstrated Sunday in Montenegro over the planned inauguration of the new head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the small Balkan state. Ethic tensions have soared over the scheduled ceremony for Metropolitan Bishop...

Israel's envoy inaugurates diplomatic mission in Morocco

Aug. 12, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Israel’s foreign minister on Thursday inaugurated the country’s diplomatic representation in Morocco, a symbol of the normalization of the relations between the two nations. Yair Lapid’s two-day visit is the first to the country by an...

In her name: Amanda Gorman Award honors high school poets

Aug. 12, 2021 06:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amanda Gorman can still remember when she was just another young poet trying to find her voice. Gorman and Penguin Random House have established the Amanda Gorman Award for Poetry, a $10,000 prize for public high school students who submit the best...

Iran swears in new hard-line president amid regional tension

Aug. 05, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The protégé of Iran’s supreme leader, Ebrahim Raisi, was sworn in as the country's new president during a ceremony in parliament on Thursday, an inauguration that completes hard-liners’ dominance of all branches of government in the Islamic Republic. ...

Iran supreme leader endorses hard-line protégé as president

Aug. 03, 2021 06:40 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader officially endorsed his hard-line protégé as the nation’s next president on Tuesday, just two days ahead of the inauguration of Ebrahim Raisi at a sensitive time for Iran and the wider Middle East. The country is reeling...

Analysis: Iran strikes hard-line pose ahead of new president

Aug. 02, 2021 06:29 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Once a protégé of Iran's supreme leader is sworn in as president this week, hard-liners will control all parts of the Islamic Republic's civilian government. Given the brinkmanship over its accelerating nuclear program and the West...