Parliament speaker Parubiy on Zelensky's swearing-in: "That was fun"
Speaker of Ukraine's Parliament Andriy Parubiy concluded the swearing-in ceremony of new President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky by joking.
"That was fun," he said from the parliament's presidium while closing the official inauguration ceremony.
"During my life, I have been trying to do everything so that Ukrainians could smile ... In the next five years, Ukrainians, I will do everything so that you do not cry," said Zelensky, who was a showman before presidency.
The swearing-in ceremony was attended by former presidents of Ukraine – Leonid Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma, Viktor Yushchenko, Petro Poroshenko, former parliament speakers, government representatives, Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko, representatives of churches and foreign guests. In particular, President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili, President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis, President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Hungary János Áder, as well as representatives of the United States, Canada, France, Poland, Turkey, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Romania, Slovakia, and Bulgaria were present.
The ceremony was also attended by representatives of NATO and the European Union.
Zelensky's parents – Rymma Volodymyrivna and Oleksandr Semenovych, as well as his wife Olena watched the inauguration from the loge of guests of honor.