Ukraine on Monday inaugurated comedian and political newcomer Volodymyr Zelensky as its new president, a month after he scored a landslide electoral victory that dealt a stunning rebuke to the country’s political establishment.

Zelensky, 41, was sworn-in to office in a ceremony held at Ukraine’s parliament in Kiev becoming the country’s youngest post-Soviet president.

Taking the oath of office, Zelensky, who is Jewish, pledged to “protect the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine” evoking the defensive prowess of Israel.

“We must become Icelanders in soccer, Israelis in defending our land, Japanese in technology,” he was quoted by the BBC as saying.

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