Volodymyr Zelensky made an oath of office of the president of Ukraine and officially took up his duties. Was it a comedy or a drama? Photos from the event seem to convey the whole spectrum of emotions of the Governmental Quarter.
Volodymyr Zelensky started – the way he used to – from a joke:
“My six-year-old son said: ‘I heard Zelensky is a president. So I’m the president too.’ It sounded like a joke, but then I realized that it was true. Each of us is president. This is not mine, this is our common victory. Each of us swore allegiance to Ukraine. Each of us is responsible.”
Then he continued with serious and even spectacular statements:
“We are 65 million. Those to whom the Ukrainian land gave birth are now in Europe, Asia, America. We really need you. All those who are ready to build a new strong, successful Ukraine, I will gladly provide citizenship. You must go to Ukraine not to pay visits, but to return home. We are waiting for you. No need to bring souvenirs. Bring your knowledge, your experience. Sceptics will say that this is impossible. Or maybe this is our national idea: to unite, to do the impossible.”
He also mentioned the losses in Donbas and the cult of the president. But everyone was stunned by his announcement of the dissolution of the Verkhovna Rada:
“I ask you to pass the law on the abolition of parliamentary immunity, criminal liability for illegal enrichment, the long-suffering Election Code and make open lists, please. I ask you to dismiss the head of the Security Service of Ukraine, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine. I dissolve the Verkhovna Rada of the eighth convocation.”
The hall met this announcement with already scattered applause. The factions were prepared for such a turn of events, yet the faces were marked with the fear of unknown.
Text by Kostyantyn Rul
Photo by Ivan Pechenyi