Jerry Brown sworn in as California's governor

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LOS ANGELES. January 4. KAZINFORM Democrat Jerry Brown was sworn in Monday as California's 39th governor, taking over from Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger who left the office with a huge deficit for the golden state; Kazinform refers to Xinhua.

"The year ahead will demand courage and sacrifice," Brown said after taking the oath of office from California Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye inside Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.

Former governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis were among the dignitaries in attendance.

Brown, 72, said the choices facing California's 38.8 million people are painful ones, apparently referring to the state's huge deficit.

California has faced several years of deep budget deficits and is confronting another estimated at 28 billion dollars through June 2012.

California's pioneering spirit will help the state overcome its awful financial condition, said Brown.

See www.xinhuanet.com for full version.

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