On August 27 Volodymyr Zelensky marks 100 days at the post of president. It is believed that from this moment the electorate can draw the first intermediate conclusions about the activities of a new person in power.
Zelensky’s team has already announced a press conference following the results of the first presidential “hundred days”.
"Give him 100 days, and then draw conclusions." This is not only about Zelensky, it is a part of the tradition that has entered the political culture of many countries. Where did this concept come from?
100 days origin story
It is believed that the first politician to implement the 100-day concept was Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
He took office as President of the United States in 1933. Roosevelt had to cope with serious economic problems, and he decided to act as quickly as possible in order to bring new programs into action.
In fact, 100 days is the period during which the presidential leadership style is still new, and its strength and influence are often at their zenith.
100 days of Zelensky
Back in June, the then-presidential representative in the Verkhovna Rada, and now the candidate for the post of first vice speaker of the new parliament, Ruslan Stefanchuk, in an interview with RBK-Ukraine stated that Zelensky has an action plan for the first 100 days.
"We have an action plan for a hundred days. But every day brings surprises, because of which we have to make adjustments."
Stefanchuk clarified that the fundamental goals for a hundred days are from reforming the president’s activity as an institution, launching a comprehensive audit of the state to introduce specific bills on the judiciary, anti-corruption policies, etc.
However, he also added that "in Ukrainian politics, the president resembles a chess king - the figure is very important, but goes only one square."
“From the fall, we will already be able to take full responsibility for the situation in the country, show a specific program of action. So far, we have a program - to defend the choice of people so that they do not lose hope for the future, and communication with the subjects of political relations, so that they understand: other times began and you need to get used to living by the rules.
What did Ukrainians expect from new president's 100 days?
According to a Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) survey conducted from June 25 to July 7, most Ukrainians in the first 100 days of Zelensky expected him to reduce utility tariffs.
In general, the five most popular answers to the question "Which of the following would you like the new President of Ukraine to do in his first 100 days?" are as follows:
- Reduce utility tariffs - 42.8%;
- Submit to the parliament draft laws on the removal of immunity from MPs, judges, the president - 36.6%;
- Start direct negotiations with Donetsk, Luhansk, and Moscow on a peaceful settlement and the cessation of hostilities in eastern Ukraine - 33%;
- Start/expedite the investigation of the most resonant corruption crimes - 31.4%;
- Reduce the salary of top officials - 17.6%;