New faces of Ukraine's elections: First conclusions

Author : Ihor Valsky

Source : 112 Ukraine

When Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky was still a candidate for his high position, he used to repeat a phrase that Ukrainian politics needs some new faces
20:58, 18 June 2019


President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky
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When Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky was still a candidate for his high position, he used to repeat a phrase that Ukrainian politics needs some new faces. He promised his voters to completely reset the parliament, assuring that in case of his victory other “new” ones would also come to the office, and these people would not be related to Ze!Team. So it happened, unfortunately. New faces are mushrooming, but who are these people? Can they be good politicians, are they able to offer working bills, and do they understand the importance of the offices they claim to join?

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Zelensky has given many promises. Over time, however, some of them turned out to be a joke, for example, utility tariffs issue. Others, like a draft law on elections or the lifting of immunity from the MPs, were not voted by the Verkhovna Rada.

New faces of Ukraine’s President raise many questions. At least those who are really new, not National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Secretary, Oleksandr Danyluk, who had time to work with both Yanukovych and Poroshenko, or head of the Foreign Intelligence Service, Vladyslav Bukharev, the former head of the tax police. Zelensky, obviously, considers Oleksandr Tkachenko, 1 + 1 TV channel director general, a new face. Tkachenko, by the way, already feels calm and secure enough to urge to boycott other media that he does not like.

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Contrary to president’s promises to do everything possible to set peace in Donbas, the escalation of the situation, mortar attacks, and dozens of dead and wounded could be witnessed, the president tries to chill in the fountain in Mariupol (Donetsk region) and talks about the beneficial properties of shawarma.

Zelensky also does not react to Ukrtransgaz company’s statement that the work of the gas transport system is under threat since June 24, because the company has a shortage of funds. And this is only the first serious gas test. January 1, 2020, the 10-year transit contract between the NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine and the Russian Gazprom ends. Gas transit from the Russian Federation brings Ukraine about $ 3 billion, and the lack of this money would unpleasantly hit the state budget of our country. Is the president going to try to resolve this issue?

At the same time, the leader of Servant of the People party, which, according to the opinion polls, would occupy almost half of the seats in the Rada, and Zelensky’s associate, Dmytro Razumkov, say that Ukraine’s land market should be opened. Razumkov does not specify that the moratorium on the sale of agricultural land defended Ukrainian farmers from large agricultural holdings, preventing the latter from buying up land for a pittance and leaving people without work and their own land.

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Another party of "new faces," which, according to forecasts, can get seats in parliament, is Golos party of Svyatoslav Vakarchuk. The indecisiveness of the singer has already played into the wrong hands - his level of support was much higher before the presidential elections.

Vakarchuk doesn't really promise something, often voicing only some vague wording. But, nevertheless, he supports the legalization of same-sex marriage and medical marijuana. Vakarchuk assures he took to his party volunteers and decent people.

Worthy, but, alas, inexperienced. And he also spoke about this himself. It turns out that Svyatoslav Vakarchuk wants to go to parliament and give the opportunity to pass laws to the people who came to him "handing out leaflets." How competent are these people in legal terms? Vakarchuk knows better. Apparently, the daily yoga classes that he posts on his Instagram help to see more than you and I can see.

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Perhaps Zelensky would leave experienced professionals next to him, but for some reason, Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, remained in his office, as well as acting Health Minister Uliana Suprun and speech writers of ex-president Poroshenko.

The upcoming parliamentary elections repeat the presidential elections to a great extent: a person votes not so much for someone, but against the others. But we all will have a significant advantage in the parliamentary elections  - two months of the presidency of Volodymyr Zelensky. These elections are going to separate expectation and reality or would just definitely give food for thought. During the presidential election, we did not have such an opportunity.

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