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February 7, 2023

Traian Basescu-Klaus Iohannis exchange baton at the Cotroceni Palace: Romania’s President-elect to officially take over his presidential prerogatives on Sunday

President-elect Klaus Iohannis on Sunday is set to take his presidential oath of office in front of the Parliament, following in the same day to undertake his duties as head of state from Traian Basescu, during a handover ceremony to take place at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace. The solemn session of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate dedicated to the swearing-in ceremony of the President-elect will start at 12 pm, EET.  In the opening of the solemn session the National Anthem of Romania will be played, following which moment the President of the Constitutional Court of Romania, Augustin Zegrean, will present the decision regarding the validation in office of Romania’s President-elect. Klaus Iohannis will then take his oath on first entering office, in compliance with article 82 paragraph (2) of the Romanian Constitution, after which he will sign the document in cause and hand it over to the chair of the meeting.
The Declaration of the Parliament regarding the oath to be taken by the head of the state will be read by the president of the session, after which Klaus Iohannis will address his message to the two chambers of the Parliament. The meeting of the Legislative will be chaired by the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Valeriu Zgonea, and the Speaker of the Senate, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu. After his taking the oath as the new President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis will go to the Cotroceni Palace, where the handover ceremony will take place.  Klaus Iohannis will take over from the incumbent President, Traian Basescu, who already completed two tenures as head of state, starting in 2004.

Upon his arrival to the Cotroceni Palace, Klaus Iohannis will be greeted by the guard of honour. After the state anthem is played, Klaus Iohannis will be greeted by Traian Basescu and presidential and state advisors, after which he will be seen by  president Basescu in his office.There, Traian Basescu will hand over to Klaus Iohannis the State Seal, used by the president to offer awards, and the Order of the Star of Romania which, under the law, is automatically given to the president of Romania during the term in office. After short private talks, President Klaus Iohannis will accompany Traian Basescu to the exit of the Palace, where he will receive military honours for the last time before leaving the highest office in the state.

The former chairman of the PNL (National Liberal Party) ran in the president election endorsed by the ACL (Christian Liberal Alliance) electoral alliance of the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Democratic Liberal Party (PLD). He scored 54.43 of the votes in the second round of the election held on November 16, while his opponent, representing the PSD (Social Democratic Party) – UNPR (National Union for Romania’s Progress) – PC (Conservative Party) Alliance, Victor Ponta, scored 45.46 per cent, reports Agerpres.


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