Ukraine: Volodymyr Zelensky dissolves parliament and calls elections

Ukraine: Volodymyr Zelensky dissolves parliament and calls elections


The new Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski was sworn in on Monday and immediately declared the dissolution of parliament and called early parliamentary elections, hoping to win a majority in an assembly dominated by supporters of his predecessor Petro Poroshenko.

Volodimir Zelenski, a TV series actor with no political experience, won the presidential election last month in Ukraine.

His newly created party has no representative in parliament. The convening of early elections seemed an imperative to benefit from its current popularity.

Prime Minister Volodimir Groysman announced in the wake that he resigned Wednesday immediately after the cabinet.

Early elections should take place within two months.

The new head of state called on the deputies to adopt without delay two laws of moralization of the political life, one depriving them of their parliamentary immunity and the other prohibiting them any personal enrichment illegal.

“You have two months to do that, do it and you’ll deserve a medal,” said Volodimir Zelenski after taking an oath.

The Ukrainian president said his priority would be to reach a ceasefire in the east of the country where clashes with pro-Russian separatists, which have left some 13,000 people, continue.

He said the resumption of the dialogue with Russia will take place only after the return of the Ukrainian territories and the release of the prisoners of war.

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