Volodymyr Zelensky was sworn in as Ukraine’s next president on May 20. The popular comedian won a landslide victory over the incumbent, Petro Poroshenko, by accumulating a critical mass of protest votes across the country. In his inaugural address, Mr. Zelensky disbanded the Verkhovna Rada, called on members of the government to free their positions “for somebody who will care about future generations and not just about the next elections,” and asked the legislature to use the last two months before the early elections to adopt a new Electoral Code. This much-awaited legislative package would introduce a system of electoral open party lists, define criminal liability for illegal enrichment and abolish the immunity currently enjoyed by members of Parliament (Radio Svoboda, May 20).
In inaugural address, hints about Zelensky’s policies at home and abroad
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