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Navajo president to be sworn in today for indefinite term

The Navajo Nation president will be sworn in Tuesday to continue as the tribe’s top leader ai??i?? even though he badly lost his re-election bid.

That’s because the Navajo presidency is in limbo over a disputed election. As a result, Ben Shelly will remain president until the mess gets sorted out.

Shelly’s inauguration will be low-key and closed to the public and media. Tribal lawmakers will be sworn in during a public ceremony.

The tribe’s general election for president was thrown into turmoil after a candidate was disqualified in a language fluency case.

The tribe’s high court mandated a general election by Jan. 31, but Shelly and lawmakers have approved a do-over allowing all previous 17 primary election candidates to face off in a special election next summer.

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