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Ukraine’s Zelensky starts presidency with dissolution of parliament

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelensky has been sworn in Kyiv on Monday and in his inaugural speech has announced the dissolution of the Ukrainian parliament.

During the ceremony on Monday, May 20, Zelensky announced the dissolution of the Verkhovna Rada and urged the Cabinet of Ministers to resign, according to the website of the Ukrainian President’s Chancery.

Also in this first speech as the President, he also called on the people’s deputies to adopt the laws on the abolition of parliamentary immunity, criminal liability for illegal enrichment and the Ukrainian Electoral Code in two months before early elections, providing for open lists.

In addition, Volodymyr Zelensky called on the MP’s to dismiss the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine, the Prosecutor General and the Minister of Defense of Ukraine.

«You will have two months to do this. Do it. Take all the medals for yourself. Those are pretty good points for the early parliamentary elections. I am dissolving the Verkhovna Rada of the eighth convocation,» stated Volodymyr Zelensky.

The President of Ukraine also appealed to the government officials: «You can take a sheet of paper, take a pen and step aside for those who think about the next generations, not about the next elections. Do it. And people will appreciate that».

French news agency AFP reports that a month after reaching a landslide victory against incumbent Petro Poroshenko in direct election, the 41-year-old becomes Ukraine’s youngest post-Soviet president.

This far, little is known about his precise policies after a campaign that capitalised on public disillusionment with the political establishment and promised to «break the system».

AFP reminds that at the time, when actor and comedian announced his candidacy on December 31, few took it seriously, but after an unprecedented campaign largely conducted through social media, he won more than 73% in the second round on April 21, beating Poroshenko.

Presidents show support in person

In the inauguration ceremony on Monday, May 20 the heads of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, as well as Hungary and Georgia were in the Verkhovna Rada. They received a warm applause from standing Ukrainian members of parliament.


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