Vladimir Putin Sworn In As Russia’s President After Winning With 67.54 Percent Vote
President Vladimir Putin has been sworn in today for a new six-year term at President of the European country of Russia.
Russian TV showed Mr Putin, 65, leaving his Kremlin office and walking to the ceremony, down long corridors before taking a short ride in a new, Russian-made limousine, called Cortege, in the Kremlin compound.
Putin who took the oath was also handed the symbols of state power by the Constitutional Court chairman Valery Zorkin and thereafter announced his assumption of office.
“We have revived pride in our fatherland,” Mr Putin said. “As head of state I will do all I can to multiply the strength and prosperity of Russia.”
“We need breakthroughs in all areas of life. I’m deeply convinced that such a leap forward can only be secured with a free society that accepts all that is new and advanced.”
The lavish event which held in an ornate Kremlin hall, was attended by about 5,000 guests.
Putin has been in power for 18 years, as president and prime minister, and opponents have likened his tenure to the reign of an emperor.
The Independent reports that the Presidential elections which was held in Russia on March 18 yielded Voter turnout of 67.54 per cent.
Putin won the elections gaining 76.69 per cent of the vote, with over 56.4 million voters casting their ballots for him, according to Central Election Commission data.