Taking the oath before the Senate President, Eduardo Estrella, he received the presidential sash, followed by the swearing in of the new Vice President, Raquel Peña.
Abinader’s central speech began with a minute of silence for those who are hospitalized or at home with COVID-19 and the country’s medical personnel.
The new executive said that under his administration "the health system will not collapse," noting that funds from institutions that will be eliminated under the new government will be allocated to the health sector in a move intended to make Dominican public healthcare universal and free.
"Juro ante Dios y ante el pueblo, por la patria y por mi honor, cumplir y hacer cumplir la Constitución y las leyes de la República, proteger y defender su independencia, respetar los derechos y libertades de los ciudadanos y cumplir fielmente los deberes de mi cargo". pic.twitter.com/jMFy20DtyH
Those present at the inauguration at the Palace of the National Congress in Santo Domingo included Haitian President, Jovenel Moise and his Foreign Minister.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo led a delegation from Washington, and the Foreign Ministers of Turkey, Spain, Guatemala, Honduras, the EU and Serbia were also in attendance.
Secretary Pompeo tweeted that he looked forward to building a relationship with Adinader, calling the Dominican Republic “one of our strongest partners and allies in the Caribbean.”
An honor to attend the inauguration of newly elected Dominican President @LuisAbinader. This election resounds as an example to other nations of the power of democracy and what is possible when countries prioritize the wishes of their people. pic.twitter.com/1F242gJlo5