Jerry Brown (left) being sworn in
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Jerry Brown sworn in as Governor of California

Jerry Brown has been sworn in as the new governor of the US state of California, taking over from the departing Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Mr Brown, a Democrat who also served as California's governor from 1975 to 1983, will be only the second person to lead the state for three terms.

Speaking at his inauguration ceremony in the state capital, Sacramento, Mr Brown said the year ahead would "demand courage and sacrifice" if California was to overcome its fiscal problems.