Ukraine: Presidential advisor says all parties agree on new election

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Ukraine may hold an early parliamentary election, said Andrei Bogdan, an adviser to newly-elected president Volodymyr Zelenskiy at a news conference in Kiev on Tuesday. The announcement came after Zelenskiy met with representatives of parliamentary parties. He had dissolved the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament) during his inauguration ceremony on Monday.

“All factions of parliament expressed their desire to go to the polls. We believe that this will be a very important step for the renewal of parliament and for bringing there new progressive young people who have the desire and opportunity to work for Ukraine and for its future,” said Bogdan at the news conference.

All-Ukrainian Union ‘Fatherland’ party leader Yulia Tymoshenko, who finished third in the first round of the presidential vote, said Zelenskiy’s decision to dissolve parliament would not violate the constitution. “All work in the Verkhovna Rada without a coalition, was based solely on corrupt arrangements and it made decisions that brought the country to its current condition, together with president Poroshenko and the current government,” she said.

The exact election date will be known after the new president issues an official decree dissolving parliament.

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