Fri, 20 Sep 2019

Ukraine is set to inaugurate Volodymyr Zelenskiy as the country's new president on May 20.

Zelensky, 41, a former comedian best known for playing a president on a popular television show, won the runoff election against incumbent President Petro Poroshenko on April 21 with more than 73 percent of votes.

The inauguration, scheduled to start at 10 a.m. local time in parliament, comes just days after Ukraine's main coalition broke up, in a setback for Zelenskiy's plans to hold early general elections.

Parliament speaker Andriy Parubiy announced the European Ukraine coalition's collapse on May 17, after People's Front leader Maksym Burbak said his party was withdrawing from the coalition.

The People's Front is the second-largest faction in the Verkhovna Rada.

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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