Argentina's Mauricio Macri was sworn in as president Thursday for a four-year term after a dispute with outgoing leader Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner led her to pull out of the event.

Macri was mobbed by supporters when leaving his home in the Palermo neighborhood of the capital with his wife and daughter before being driven to congress. The 56-year-old former president of the Boca Juniors soccer club and a two-time mayor of Buenos Aires will try to be the first non-Peronist to finish his term since 1928.

Macri called on Argentina to unite to fight poverty, drug trafficking and improve education. "Diversity will make us better," Macri said during a speech in Congress after taking the oath. "This sounds incredible after years of futile and useless infighting, but it's now time to grow and improve as one nation." - Bloomberg