Dodon sworn in as Moldova's president promising unity and neutrality

18:31, 24 December 2016
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Igor Dodon was sworn in as Moldova's new president on December 23, calling for unity in the divided country and pledging to maintain Moldova's neutrality, according to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty.


The inaugural ceremony at the Palace of the Republic in Chisinau was attended by dignitaries from Russia, Belarus, Hungary and other European Union and former Soviet states, RFE/RL reported.

Dodon addressed thousands of people who gathered outside the palace before he was sworn in, telling them he would be president of all Moldovans and pledging to unite a country divided after his narrow election.

Read alsoMoldova’s CEC recognizes pro-Russian candidate Dodon president-elect"A union of both banks of the Dniester River is a primary objective of my tenure," he said. "I would like to address those who had voted for other parties: let's descend from the barricades and rally together for the sake of a better future. All of us – the Moldovans, the Russians, the Ukrainians, and the Gagauz, are all citizens of one country."

Dodon assured that Moldova would remain a neutral state, saying he has plans to visit Moscow next month and will travel to Brussels shortly afterwards.

"Neutrality is a something sacred, which no one can take away from us," he said. "We will build bridges to the East and to the West."

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