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Decree on dismissal of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine takes effect

According to the document, early elections to the Parliament will be held on July 21
08:47, 23 May 2019

Presidential Administration press office

The decree of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky on early termination of the power of Verkhovna Rada and appointment of snap elections on July 21, 2019 was published at Ukurier, the official outlet of the Ukrainian government.

Therefore, the document comes into force on May 23, 2019.

“Guided by the 2nd part of the article No. 77, the 6th and the 7th parts of the article 83… of the Constitution of Ukraine I am ruling: 1. to cease the mandate of the Verkhovna Rada of the 8th convocation. 2. to appoint early elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on July 21, 2019,” the decree No. 303/2019 as of May 21 reads.

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Zelensky also entrusted the Cabinet of Ministers to provide the funding of early elections.

Elections to Ukraine’s Parliament were supposed to be held in autumn 2019.

On May 22, Parliament’s Spokesperson Parubiy said Zelensky’s decree did not comply with the Constitution of Ukraine.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed the decree on the dismissal of Verkhovna Rada and appointed the election on July 21.

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Zelensky dismissed Ukrainian Parliament at his inauguration and announced early elections after he took an oath of allegiance to the Ukrainian people.  

Volodymyr Zelensky assumed the office and became the sixth president of Ukraine. The solemn ceremony of inauguration took place in Kyiv on Monday, May 20. The new head of the state greeted the audience that welcomed him at Mariinsky Park in the downtown Kyiv. Zelensky passed the improvised corridor in the park, shaking hands and making selfies with his supporters. The head of the state made the oath the traditional way, with his right hand on Peresopnytsia Gospels and the Constitution of Ukraine. In his bold speech, the new leader announced he would dismiss the Ukrainian Parliament. He also urged the Ukrainian Government to resign if they could not act effectively anymore.

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