Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday becomes sixth President of war torn country Ukraine. The inauguration ceremony on Monday came more than two weeks earlier than expected following the parliament's approval of the date requested by Zelensky.
Post a month of attaining an avalanche triumph against incumbent Petro Poroshenko in polls, the 41-year-old becomes Ukraine's youngest post-Soviet president. As per the tradition, the young man will place his hand on a copy of the constitution and possibly also a Bible.
Addressing the nation, he will be closely watched for clues on his future course. Queerly for a first-time president, Zelensky has played the drama before -- for laughs. He portrayed himself as a history teacher who was unexpectedly elected president in the comedy series "Servant of the People".
Zelensky has promised to continue the country's pro-Western course but beyond that any of his programme is still rudimentary and his team largely unknown.
His critics cross inquired him on how he will overcome with the enormous challenges of the separatist conflict and ongoing economic problems. Another question added to the list is whether Zelensky will be able to govern without a parliamentary majority.
The new president will no sooner have to tackle with a number of sensitive international issues, providing him a foretaste of the challenges waiting for him in future.