Rumen Radev Inaugurated as Bulgaria's Fifth Democratically Elected President

Rumen Radev Inaugurated as Bulgaria's Fifth Democratically Elected President

At a ceremony on Sunday, Rumen Radev was inaugurated to become Bulgaria's fifth democratically elected President. The inauguration ceremony was held in Sofia's Sveti Alexander Nevsky Square.
Outgoing President Plevneliev led the way followed by President Rumen Radev, and the two, one after the other, saluted the guard of honour and representative units of the three services in the Bulgarian Armed Forces: the Land Forces, Air Force and Navy.
They laid a wreath at the Monument to the Unknown Soldier and observed a minute of silence in memory of the fallen for the freedom of Bulgaria.
In a brief speech at the ceremony, Plevneliev said that a difficult but successful presidential term is over. “I steered the country in the right direction and set the right priorities. I gave and did not take. I made mistakes as every human being but made no mistakes as President. I leave with my head high.”
He also said that power to him was never an end but a means. “I served the truth. I named the problems. This unites – it does not divide,” he said adding that he will continue to do that after he leaves the President’s Office.
Plevneliev said he fought for the rule of law and against ideas for distributing the world into spheres of influence.
Turning to President Radev, he said his term in office will likely be equally tough and wished him to be a wise president, to turn the president’s office into a centre of balance – not of power. He wished him to avoid major geostrategic mistakes and added that no democratically elected Bulgarian president has made such a mistake.
Plevneliev quoted Bulgarian freedom fighter Vassil Levski and his ideal for “a pure and sacred Republic”, and concluded with “Good luck, Mr President! Long live Bulgaria!
President Radev underscored the idea of continuity in his speech. He said he was immensely honoured to take this office from President Plevneliev before all these people. “Today’s ceremony has a deep meaning: a hope for a change that all of us expect and also an expression of continuity that is at the core of statehood. I want to thank President Plevneliev and all Presidents before him for their efforts to build a democratic Bulgaria.”
 
 
BTA
Previous Next
Close
Test Caption
Test Description goes like this
Cookies Preferences
Choose Type of Cookies You Accept Using


These cookies are required for the website to run and cannot be switched off. Such cookie are only set in response to actions made by you such as language, currency, login session, privacy preferences. You can set your browser to block these cookies but our site may not work then.


These cookies allow us to measure visitors traffic and see traffic sources by collecting information in data sets. They also help us understand which products and actions are more popular than others.


These cookies are usually set by our marketing and advertising partners. They may be used by them to build a profile of your interest and later show you relevant ads. If you do not allow these cookies you will not experience targeted ads for your interests.