* Former comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, 41, won a landslide victory last month
* He fought election on an anti-establishment platform, calling lawmakers ‘crooks’
* At his inauguration on Monday Zelensky said he would dissolve the country’s legislature for early parliamentary elections that were scheduled for October
* He wants to end war with Moscow-backed separatists in which 13,000 have died
Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelensky used his inaugural speech on Monday to announce a snap election, before promising to end the country’s five-year conflict with Russia.
A month after scoring a landslide victory against incumbent Petro Poroshenko amid widespread public discontent with the political establishment, the 41-year-old comedian has become Ukraine’s youngest post-Soviet president.
Zelensky said he would dissolve the country’s legislature in order to call early parliamentary elections, which had originally been scheduled for October.
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WNU Editor: Ukraine President Zelensky had to dissolve parliament quickly, and to call early elections.If not, the old Parliament backed by nationalists and Poroshenko supporters would have block everything that he had promised during the election. My prediction is that these parliamentary elections will be held in July, and almost all of these parliamentarians will be kicked out of office. To open a dialogue with rebel forces in the east, the new parliament will need to reverse the law that President Poroshenko signed last week that bans the use of Russian in schools and government services, and to also reverse discriminatory laws against Russian-Ukrainians when it comes to public service jobs and positions. President Zelensky will also need to compromise in giving powers to the regions on the issue of cultural/language, as well as more financial powers. These were promises that President Zelensky made during the election, and it was one of the main reasons why he was elected in a landslide. Failure to do this will only guarantee a continuation of the war, and heighten tensions within Ukraine itself from Russian Ukrainians and those Ukrainians who want real reforms.
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