Right-wing Andrzej Duda has been ceremonially sworn in as Poland's new president, bringing political change to the top office in this East European nation.

Duda, 43, promises to pay attention to the needs of the underprivileged. In foreign policy he insists on having a greater NATO presence in Poland and on raising Poland's position in the EU.

A former member of the opposition Law and Justice party, He will have to find ways to work alongside the liberal coalition government of Civic Platform and a small farmer party.

He was sworn in on Thursday before the National Assembly of lawmakers and senators.

Duda's electoral victory in May over incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski was a surprise, and a warning to the ruling coalition that it may lose power in October general elections.