Ukrainian MPs fix date of Zelenskiy’s swearing-in


Ukrainian lawmakers have scheduled Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s inauguration ceremony for Monday.

An official gathering of Members of Parliament of Ukraine for a swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected President of Ukraine will begin at 10:00 Kyiv time on May 20 at the parliament’s session hall, Interfax Ukraine reports.

The Verkhovna Rada has considered eight draft resolutions on the inauguration; today, 315 MPs have voted for holding the ceremony on May, 20.

The 2019 Ukrainian presidential election was held on 31 March and 21 April in a two-round system. Zelenskiy, who had previously had no political experience, won a landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election, gaining over 70% of the vote.

‘President is a servant of the people,’ Zelenskiy, who plays the role of president in the eponymous TV series, repeatedly said in the course of his election campaign. His plans are serious: an uncompromising fight against corruption, numerous benefits for business and no privileges for the president, deputies and judges — their immunity will be lifted. The ideological basis of the program is democracy and the full accountability of the authorities.

In late April, the president-elect commented on Vladimir Putin’s decision to grant Russian citizenship to the residents of the occupied Ukrainian territories recommending the Russian authorities ‘not to bait the citizens of Ukraine’ with their passports.

President’s authority is not untethered in Ukraine; its parliament has greater powers. However, the head of state has a strong impact on foreign policy, the National Bank and armed forces.

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