President Aleksandar Vučić was sworn in on Tuesday for a second term as Serbia’s head of state, pledging to protect the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity including Kosovo.
“I swear to devote all my powers to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Serbia, including Kosovo and Metohija as its integral part, as well as achieving human and minority rights and liberties, respect and defence of the Constitution and laws, preserving peace and the well-being of all citizens of the Republic of Serbia and to conscientiously and responsibly fulfil all my duties. So help me God,” Vučić said at a special session of parliament, winning ovations from MPs and guests.
The special session of parliament was attended by former President Tomislav Nikolić (founder of Vučić’s Serbian Progressive Party – SNS), the Serbian member of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidency Milorad Dodik, the Republic of Srpska’s president, Željka Cvijanović, members of the diplomatic corps and senior Christian and Muslim clergy.
Vučić won a second term in office at the April 3 elections, winning 59 percent of the vote to beat his main rival retired army general Zdravko Ponoš.
He was sworn in for his first term on May 31, 2017, and was the first president of Serbia to swear his oath on the constitution and the Miroslav Gospel, an illuminated Cyrillic manuscript considered to be one of the oldest surviving documents in the Serbian Church Slavonic.
Under Serbian law, the president can only serve two terms in office and cannot hold any other position while in office.
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