Overwhelming favorite ready for next step in Ukraine politics

World | 18 Apr 2019 5:45 pm

The odds-on favorite in Ukraine’s presidential election runoff says he would like to call an early parliamentary election if he wins Sunday’s vote.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a popular comedian who leads in the polls ahead of Sunday’s runoff, told the RBC Ukraine website in an interview today that he would push for an early parliamentary election. Ukraine’s Supreme Rada is controlled by incumbent President Petro Poroshenko’s ruling party, and the next parliamentary election is due at the end of October.

Zelenskiy said today that an early parliamentary election of is part of his idea of a “renewal” of the country’s ruling elite but he conceded it may take months to make that happen.

The latest opinion polls show Poroshenko trailing far behind Zelenskiy.-AP

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