In his first minutes as president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy moved aggressively, dismissing parliament in order to hold early elections
Monday, May 20, 2019

In his first minutes as president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy moved aggressively, dismissing parliament in order to hold early elections

In his first minutes as president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy moved aggressively, dismissing parliament in order to hold early elections by the end of the summer. But before MPs disburse, he wants them to pass laws removing parliamentary immunity, allowing for more democratic elections and establishing criminal liability for illegal enrichment. “So, dear deputies!” the president said. “You have appointed the inauguration on Monday, a workday, which has one benefit -— it means you are ready to work.” Inside the Rada, deputies looked glum. Outside, crowds cheered.

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