Sun, 20 Oct 2019

11:20 Zelenskiy Sworn In As Ukrainian President, Says He's Dissolving Parliament By RFE/RL

KYIV -- Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been sworn in as president of Ukraine and immediately announced he is dissolving the parliament.

In remarks after taking the oath of office at the Verkhovna Rada on May 20, Zelenskiy also called for the dismissal of top officials including controversial Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko, the defense minister, and the head of the state security service.

He said that lawmakers must dismiss the officials and pass several key pieces of legislation within two months -- the maximum period of time between a published decision on the dissolution of parliament and new elections under the constitution.

'I dissolve the Verkhovna Rada of the eighth assembly,' Zelenskiy said. He did not propose a specific date for snap parliamentary elections.

There have been disputes over whether Zelenskiy has the right to dissolve parliament, in part because the governing coalition fell apart last week in what was seen as a bid by his political foes to bar him from disbanding it.

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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