Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelensky used his inaugural speech on Monday to call snap parliamentary polls after shooting to power in a country wracked by a separatist conflict and severe economic problems.
The official inauguration ceremony took place in the Ukrainian parliament, local media reported. As guarantor of the Constitution, I am obliged to guarantee the rights of Ukrainian citizens.
"So, you see the catch that's been made here: they made it impossible for the president to dissolve parliament", Sleboda said, "at least until they're ready to do so".
The press service noted that the date of the snap elections to the parliament was discussed during the meeting.
The president has the authority to dissolve parliament and call snap elections, but the timing may nevertheless prove controversial and the move could face legal challenges.
As Volodymyr Zelensky is preparing to become Ukraine's new president on Monday, a source close to the president-elect has told Kan News that his country would be happy if Israel helped calm tensions between Russian Federation and Ukraine, especially regarding events in the eastern part of the country. "I dissolve the Rada (parliament) of the eighth convocation".
Mr. Zelensky took a non-traditional route to his inauguration - walking from his nearby home, after saying he wanted a less pompous ceremony.
Moscow has been accused of militarily supporting the separatists, and Putin this month ordered an easing of procedures for Ukrainians living in the eastern separatist regions to gain Russian citizenship, a challenge to the new Ukrainian leader. Zelenskiy and his supporters are eager to hold elections sooner hoping he will benefit from his current support and to allow him to begin passing his own legislative agenda.
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"We didn't start this war but it is up to us to end it", he said. Flanked by four bodyguards, he was giving high-fives to some spectators and even stopped to take a selfie with one of them. He also called for the dismissal of Ukraine's defense minister and the head of the state security service, both of whom are believed to be loyal to Poroshenko.
"I'm ready to do everything so that our heroes don't die there", he said.
The ruling European Ukraine coalition was established in November 2014 and consisted of the party of Zelenskiy's predecessor President Petro Poroshenko, Poroshenko's Bloc, the People's Front, Samopomich (Self-Reliance), Batkivshchyna (Fatherland), and the Radical Party. It was a stunning result for the political novice, whose previous experience in government is nearly entirely fictional: On Ukrainian TV, Zelenskiy is famous for playing a high school history teacher who is elected as Ukraine's president after a video of him ranting against the status quo goes viral.
Outlining his vision for the country, Zelenskiy said: "We must become Icelanders in football, Israelis in defending our native land, Japanese in technology, Swiss in our ability to live happily with each other, despite any differences".
Zelenskiy already has asked several top ministers to step down, but he will likely have trouble getting their successors appointed by the current parliament.
In his speech, Zelensky referred to his background as a comedian. He starred as a history teacher who was unexpectedly elected president in a television comedy series, "Servant of the People".
"In the next five years I'll do all I can so that Ukrainians don't cry".