The president-elect of Ukraine has taken oath in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Thursday, February 25. Viktor Yushchenko and Yulia Tymoshenko were not present at the ceremony, though some Our Ukraine and BYuT deputies finally came.

Yanukovych has been also given the official credentials of the President of Ukraine: the presidential badge, the seal and the mace.

In his inauguration speech, the new president criticized the leaders of the "orange revolution" who were propelled into power in 2005 as a result of street protests over mass fraud at the presidential elections.

Yanukovych said the country was plagued by poverty, the crippling economy and corruption but added he knew how to remedy the situation.

Yanukovych said one of his new decrees would deal with cuts in spending on the presidential secretariat, adding it was necessary to create an effective system of executive power quickly in the ex-Soviet republic and form a Cabinet of Ministers which will consist of professionals.

Viktor Yanukovych received congratulations from leaders of foreign states, governments and international organizations on his election as the President of Ukraine.

Particularly their wishes of success in work on the responsible position to Viktor Yanukovych have sent: President of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula ad Silva, President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, President of Romania Traian Basescu, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhammedov, President of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyev, President of Hungary Laszlo Solyom, Prime Minister of Hungary Gordon Bajnai, President of Ireland Mary Patricia McAleese, Secretary General of Eurasian Economic Community Tair Mansurov, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Jan Peter Balkenende, President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak, President of Turkey Abdullah Gul, President of Bangldesh Mohammad Zillur Rahman, President of Syria Bashar al-Assad, President of Vietnam Nguyen Minh Triet and many more.


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