24 May 2019



  • Call for snap election highlights Zelenskiy’s need to secure parliamentary seats, but rivals will seek to undermine him with legal challenge
  • Opponents will highlight concerns over Zelenskiy’s ties to oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky in order to damage President’s popularity and anti-graft credentials
  • Zelenskiy’s party will perform well in polls but President will still need to work with established parties to pursue legislative agenda


Volodymyr Zelenskiy was inaugurated as President on 20 May and immediately ordered the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) to be dissolved, with snap parliamentary elections planned for 21 July. Parliamentary Speaker Andriy Parubiy declared the move illegal and said lawmakers would appeal to the Constitutional Court. MPs also voted against discussing proposed electoral amendments on 22 May, delaying the process. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Groysman resigned on 21 May in anticipation of the early election, alongside the…


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