Central Election Commission began to adopt protocols with the wet stamps. According to the results of processing 99.74% of electronic protocols, Volodymyr Zelensky has 73.22% of the votes, and Petro Poroshenko – 24.46%.
According to all three main exit polls, Zelensky also wins. His opponent, current president Petro Poroshenko, has already admitted his defeat in the elections and congratulated the opponent.
So let us closely learn those people who might occupy important offices under president Zelensky.
Headquarters of Zelensky’s office has been carefully keeping secrecy, assuring that the names on the top posts would be announced later. However, some of the names have already been obvious – they were voiced by Zelensky and by various media.
Ministry of Defense and Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council
In the context of these posts, two names are most often mentioned – Ivan Aparshyn and Anatoliy Hrytsenko (Ukraine’s former minister of defense, presidential candidate, - ed.).
April 18, Zelensky presented Ivan Aparshyn as a member of his team, an expert on security and defense.
In 2010 - 2011, Aparshyn headed the defense and security policy department of the Secretariat of Ukraine’s Cabinet.
In 2011-2014, he served as a Deputy Director of the Department of Professional Examination, Head of the Examination Department in the field of security and defense of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine under the Prime Minister Mykola Azarov.
In his speech, Aparshyn spoke in favor of switching to a contract army until 2024 and joining NATO.
Initially, he joined the team of presidential candidate Anatoliy Hrytsenko (and even was called a candidate for the office of defense minister if he wins). By the way, the name of Hrytsenko is also quite often mentioned in the context of a possible post of the minister of defense.
However, Zelensky’s headquarters denied negotiations with Hrytsenko concerning this possible office.
“Regarding the General Staff, we have very serious guys who have authority in the army. They are acting generals. You will definitely see them. You will see the whole team of Volodymyr Zelensky. I have no right to call them names, because there are agreements with these generals This is a very serious story,” Ukraine’s future president stated.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Previously, a member of the Zelensky team, former Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk, was most often called the candidate for this post.
However, Danyliuk himself, in his commentary on Ukrainska Pravda outlet, said that he was “not interested” in the possible heading of MFA. ZeTeam realizes that the work on foreign policy should be entrusted not to the “new politicians,” but to old diplomats, awaited by the Western partners.
“Now international experts have appeared in Zelensky’s headquarters, which were so lacking at the beginning of the campaign (and those names that were heard give us some optimism). At the same time, the decision on the probable distribution of posts has not yet been made,” Europeiska Pravda outlet wrote.
Head of Security Service
In the context of the post of head of the Security Service of Ukraine only one name could be heard – Ihor Smeshko. However, Smeshko himself denied the possibility of such an appointment, and the Zelensky headquarters said that information in the media about possible appointments “is based on speculation and assumptions.”
Head of the Prosecutor General’s Office
At a briefing on April 21 after the announcement of exit polls, Volodymyr Zelensky called Yuriy Lutsenko, the current head of the Prosecutor General’s Office, a representative of the “old team.”
“We will appoint new people. And this applies not only to Mr. Lutsenko,” he stated.
The possible candidates for this position are Kostiantyn Kulyk, deputy head of the Department of International Legal Cooperation at Prosecutor General’s Office, and Mykola Holomsha, former First Deputy Head of the Prosecutor General’s Office, previously dismissed under the lustration law.
We must not forget that, according to the Constitution, Zelensky’s pure desire to appoint a certain person to the post is not enough.
Representations on the appointment of the Minister of Defense, the head of the Security Service of Ukraine, and the Foreign Minister are submitted by the president for approval by the parliament. The head of the Prosecutor General’s Office is also appointed by the President of Ukraine with the consent of the parliament.