Ukraine New President Announces Snap Parliamentary Poll

Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky says a snap parliamentary election will hold in the country.

Mr. Zelensky declared this during his swearing in as the sixth president of Ukraine at a ceremony on Monday in the capital Kiev.

BBC reports that Mr Zelensky said “I am dissolving the Verkhovna Rada (parliament)”.

The surprise move by the 41 year old former comedian effectively means the dissolution of the current parliament, and is considered a deft move ahead of parliamentary election expected to hold October this year.

Zelensky defeated the immediate past president, Petro Poroshenko clinching 73 % of the ballot in the second round of votes on April 21 this year.

Poroshenko had been at the saddle in Ukraine since 2014.

BBC reports that the former television star, expressed the desire to resolve the conflict with Russian-backed rebels in Ukraine’s eastern region.

“Our first task is to achieve a ceasefire in Donbass,”

“People must come to power who will serve the public,”.

“We must become Icelanders in football, Israelis in defending our land, Japanese in technology,” “become Swiss in our ability to live happily with each other, despite any differences”: an indirect reference to Russia.

A political novice, Mr. Zelensky had made strong crusade against official corruption focus of his campaign.

Culled from BBC/Aljazeera

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