Serbian President-elect Aleksandar Vucic pledged to keep the country’s territorial integrity including Kosovo and Metohija during his inaugural ceremony, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Wednesday.
On April 2, Vucic won the country’s presidential election, receiving over 55 percent of votes.
“I swear to invest all my powers in the preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Serbia, including Kosovo and Metohija, its integral part, as well as in the realization of human and minority rights and freedoms, respect and defense of the Constitution and laws, preservation of peace and prosperity of all citizens of the Republic of Serbia, and that I will carry out all my duties in a conscientious and responsible manner.” Vucic told the citizens in front of the parliament, the Skupstina.
The ceremony took place on the square in front of the parliament building, which was attended by government members, Church leadership, Republika Srpska’s President Milorad Dodik and other officials. Outgoing President Tomislav Nikolic handed over the presidential standard and seal during the awarding procedure.
Before entering the Assembly, Vucic addressed citizens gathered in front of the building. Inside, he was welcomed by outgoing President Nikolic, and Assembly President Maja Gojkovic.
The ceremony today was attended by Vucic’s parents, as well as his daughter and son.
In attendance were also former presidents, members of the Serbian government, representatives of Serbia’s religious communities, members of the diplomatic corps, Serbian Army Chief Ljubisa Dikovic, and Serb Republic (RS) president and prime minister Milorad Dodik and Zeljka Cvijanovic.
Serbia’s Constitutional Court President Vesna Ilic-Prelic took part in the oath-taking ceremony.
Shortly before be was sworn in as president, the Assembly took note of Vucic’s resignation as prime minister, submitted last night. His first deputy and foreign minister, Ivica Dacic, has taken over as acting head of government.
The beginning of Vucic’s 5-year term in office will also be marked by protests announced by several organizations and movements.
Sasa Jankovic and his Movement of Free Citizens, along with Vuk Jeremic and Boris Tadic, have called on their supporters to gather in Belgrade’s Republic Square at 18:00 hours, while the “Against Dictatorship” organization will do the same, at the same location, at 10:00.
Vucic’s supporters will also gather in Belgrade today, at 18:00 hours, for a “counter-rally.”