President Rumen Radev and Vice President Iliana Yotova assume office for second term

President Rumen Radev and Vice President Iliana Yotova assumed office for their second term with an official ceremony in the square in front of the St. Alexander Nevski cathedral in Sofia. By a tradition, since 1997 when the presidential office was assumed by President Petar Stoyanov, the date 22 January is set as the official date for the inauguration of the new President of Bulgaria.

In his speech at today’s ceremony, President Rumen Radev stated that he would continue to uphold the law, the sovereignty, security and justice in the country. In Rumen Radev’s words, the current political change is just the first step and there are many adversities still lying ahead. He added that not many countries have preserved their name, faith and language through the centuries, and that Bulgaria has been successful in doing this thanks to the unity of sword, spirit and word.

“I believe that the only way we can attain our goals is if society remains united in its will for real change and progress. I believe that the thousands-year old country of the spirit is alive in Bulgaria, and that it will inspire and will map out the road lying ahead,” President Radev said, and stressed that he would continue to be president of all Bulgarian citizens, whatever their party affiliation, ethnicity and religion, and uphold the rights, interests and dignity of his people.

“I believe that together, we shall continue to build a free, democratic, prospering and modern state. Long live Bulgaria!” President Rumen Radev said in conclusion.

After the speech, Radev saluted the ranks of the Bulgarian army, laid a wreath at the Monument to the Unknown Soldier and paid tribute to all people who have laid down their lives for the freedom of Bulgaria.

After the ceremony, Rumen Radev and Iliana Yotova set out for the Presidency where they passed through a human aisle formed by the guard of honour in front of the official entrance for the start of their second term.

On 19 January Rumen Radev and Iliana Yotova took the oath as President and Vice President for their second term of office at an official ceremony in the National Assembly. /BGNES