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Zakharchenko officially sworn in as head of self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic

Alexander Zakharchenko was officially sworn in as head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, TASS reported from an inauguration ceremony which is under way at Donetsk Music and Drama Theatre on Tuesday.

Zakharchenko has taken an oath on the Bible. "I swear solemnly to serve honestly the interests of people, Donetsk People's Republic and to perform decently my duties," the new head of state said.

Before a solemn speech head of the Donetsk republican Central Elections Commission Roman Lyagin presented Zakharchenko with a certificate of the head of the republic. Before the inauguration ceremony, four Cossacks in traditional clothes have brought the flag of the Donetsk People's Republic to the drama theatre hall.

[Source: Itar Tass, Donetsk, 04Nov14]

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