Ukraine inaugurates comedian Zelensky as president

Written by on May 20, 2019

COMEDIAN VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY HAS BEEN SWORN IN AS UKRAINE’S NEW PRESIDENT AT A CEREMONY IN THE CAPITAL KIEV.

IN HIS INAUGURAL SPEECH, HE SAID ENDING THE CONFLICT WITH RUSSIAN-BACKED REBELS IN THE EAST WOULD BE HIS TOP PRIORITY.

MR ZELENSKY, WHO HAS NO PREVIOUS POLITICAL EXPERIENCE, SCORED A LANDSLIDE VICTORY IN LAST MONTH’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

IN THE ELECTION THE FORMER TELEVISION ACTOR OUSTED INCUMBENT PETRO POROSHENKO, WHO HAD BEEN IN POWER SINCE 2014.

MR ZELENSKY HAS PROMISED TO TACKLE CORRUPTION, BUT HAS GIVEN FEW DETAILS OF HIS PLANS SINCE WINNING BY A LANDSLIDE ON 21 APRIL.

AT THE CEREMONY, MR ZELENSKY WAS GIVEN GOLDEN SYMBOLS OF OFFICE, INCLUDING A SCEPTRE, WHICH HE HELD ALOFT IN A VICTORY SALUTE


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