Inauguration of the newly elected President Petr Pavel, March 9, 2023, Prague Castle. President Petr Pavel and First Lady Eva Pavlova greet each other from the balcony in the third castle courtyard.
Prague – The inauguration is an opportunity to remember the values that have started to disappear noticeably in recent times, but our country stands on them, said the new President Petr Pavel after taking the oath and taking office today. He spoke to the packed third courtyard of the Prague Castle from the balcony, where he stepped out with his wife Eva.
Photo gallery: President-elect Petr Pavel and his inauguration
Upon arrival on the balcony, Pavlo was greeted by his supporters with applause, after which the national anthem was played by Kateřina Marie Tiché and the Kühn Children's Choir. After the new president's brief speech, the song “Times are changing” was played. “It won't be easy, but we can do it,” concluded Pavel.
The speech had previously aimed at the return of the presidential standards, which in 2015 the Ztohoven group exchanged for red shorts in protest against the policies of then-president Miloš Zeman. “The inauguration is an opportunity to remember the values that have started to noticeably disappear recently, but our country stands on them and they are so important to us that they were embodied in the basic law,” he said.
He emphasized that the constitution requires the president to take care of the values on which he stands. It is about human rights, dignity, equality before the law, he added. “Without them, we could not be a democratic country and part of the great family of democratic countries,” he said. He warned that values are something that can be lost very quickly.