In Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada (pictured), the parliament of the 7th convocation held its first sitting on Dec. 12.
© Photo by Kostyantyn Chernichkin
The Verkhovna Rada of the seventh convocation, Ukraine's parliament, has held its first formal sitting.
Acting Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov, acting ministers, representatives of the Central Election Commission, the Constitutional Court, diplomats, and newly elected parliamentarians attended the event.
Members of the oppositional parties chanted "Shame!" when the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of the sixth convocation, Volodymyr Lytvyn, announced Mykola Azarov.
The newly elected parliamentarians took an oath of people's deputy.
The senior people's deputy of the new parliament, Yukhym Zviahilsky (born in 1933) read aloud the text of the oath on behalf of the MPs. The rest of parliamentarians remained at their seats.
The national anthem of Ukraine was played after the oath taking ceremony.
A break was announced in the sitting until 1200, so that the new parliamentarians could sign the text of the oath and receive their parliamentary identification cards and voting cards.