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Inauguration of Ukraine’s President Zelensky, – online broadcast

The team of Zelensky promised that the ceremony would be with surprises but did not disclose the details
08:52, 20 May 2019

Inauguration of Volodymyr Zelensky
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The inauguration of Volodymyr Zelensky to the post of president of Ukraine took place May 20 at 10:00 Kyiv time.  

The president's team promised that the ceremony would include some surprises, but they did not disclose the details.

112.ua broadcasted the inaugural ceremony of Volodymyr Zelensky live.

11:00

The inauguration ceremony of Volodymyr Zelensky, the sixth president of Ukraine, is officially over. The new Ukrainian leader has officially taken power.

10:52

Zelensky arrives to Mariinsky palace for the next part of the ceremony.

Leaders of the army branches, the Navy, the law enforcement agencies will now introduce themselves to the new President, reporting their agencies are ready for duty. Defense Minister, Head of the HQ of the Armed Forces, Head of the Security Service of Ukraine, Commanders of the Armed Forces branches, Head of the National Police, Interior Minister, Head of the State Border Guard and some others were present.

10:45

Zelensky announced he disbands the Parliament and offered the entire Government to resign. He also demanded to fire Head of the Security Service of Ukraine and Prosecutor General of Ukraine.

10:38

Zelensky switches to Russian languages then back to Ukrainian. Oleg Lyashko, the leader of the Radical Party of Ukraine made a remark, saying residents of Crimea and Donbas understood Ukrainian and implying there was no need speaking Russian. 'Thank you for continuing to divide Ukraine, Mr. Lyashko', Zelensky replied. 

10:34

'I turn to all Ukrainians on the planet. We need you. To all those ready to develop a new, successful Ukraine, I will gladly grant the Ukrainian citizenship. You should not come to Ukraine as guests; come back where your home is. We don't need any souvenirs from abroad; bring us your experience and knowledge!'

'Our first task is to cease fire in Donbas. We did not start this war, but it is up to us to end it!'

10:28

The Ukrainian leader holds an inauguration speech.

10:24

The President gets the symbols of power, including the ID, the seal and the mace.

10:19

The head of the state makes his oath.

Volodymyr Zelensky swears before people at his inauguration
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"I, Volodymyr Zelensky, by the will of the people elected the President of Ukraine, assuming this high post, solemnly swear allegiance to Ukraine. I commit myself to protect sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, to take care of the good of the Motherland and the well-being of the Ukrainian people, to uphold the rights and freedoms of citizens, to adhere to the Constitution of Ukraine and the laws of Ukraine, to fulfill my duties in the interests of all compatriots, to increase the authority of Ukraine in the world".

Immediately after the oath is made, Zelensky firmed the respective document with his signature. He took his seat at the Parliament; the head of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine officially announced that he now takes full power.

10:17

Head of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine Natalya Shaptala brings the newly elected president to the oath. Previously, Head of the Central Election Committee Tetyana Slipachuk officially announced the result of the presidential election in Ukraine.

10:13

The ceremony and the session have oficially begun now. The national anthem is performed.

10:04 

The leaving President Petro Poroshenko is naturally present, too.

Petro Poroshenko at the inauguration of Volodymyr Zelensky
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10:01

Zelensky enters the Parliament building on the Constitution Square. The solemn session begins, as Speaker Andriy Parubiy lists the high-ranked guests present at the hall.

There are all presidents of Ukraine among them except for the ousted Viktor Yanukovych.

Ex-Presidents of Ukraine
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9:53

Zelensky is here! The president-elect walks towards the Parliament building. The crowd cheers, some of them truly extatic. Zelensky smiles, shakes hands with some of the audience.

9:44

Vasyl Hrytsak, the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine filed his resignation letter, along with his entire team. Now it will be up to the new president to sign this letter. 

9:40

There's a lot of people at the parliament's hall, there are lines everywhere. Neither diplomatic nor parliamentary privileges are working for those waiting in lines. 

9:38

The red carpet for the future president is in position. Members of 95 Kvartal, the team of comedians where Zelensky previously belonged to, are present as well. They refuse to respond to any questions.

9:25

That's the line before the Parliament's building; guests and Ukrainian MPs stand in front of the main entrance. 


9:18 

A lot of cars with diplomat license plates may be seen at a parking lot next to the Verkhovna Rada, the Parliament. MPs are coming, too; Andriy Parubiy, the Speaker of the Parliament is already there.

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8:55 

The roads in the downtown of Kyiv is closed for road traffic. The map of the streets closed is here:

8:14 

People are gathering at Mariinsky park, looking forward to seeing the new president as he will pass through the improvized corridor here, after officially taking power. All those willing to get to the park will have to undergo the security check procedures.

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Zelensky team insisted on holding the inaugural ceremony on May 19 and there were two bills for this date in the Verkhovna Rada, but the parliament voted for May 20. The team of Zelensky commented that it was an attempt to “get back at the Ukrainians,” who want the new President to take office as soon as possible. Such decision also created problems for the arrival of foreign guests and international delegation, as Zelensky’s Advisor noted.

Zelensky defeated President Petro Poroshenko in an April 21 runoff election with landslide 73 percent of votes. His opponent received less than 25 percent.

Inauguration is a formal solemn ceremony held in the session hall of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada, it is the process of swearing a president-elect into office and thus making that person the incumbent.

After the president says his address, the head of CEC presents the certificate to the president of Ukraine, and the head of the Constitutional Court gives him the symbols of presidential power: a mace, a seal and a badge. Earlier, Stanislav Shevchuk was dismissed from the office and Natalya Shaptala became new Head of Constitutional Court of Ukraine.

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