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Natalia Liagka

Natalia Liagka is a research contributor at Vocal Europe. She holds a Master’s degree in BRICS countries. She has studied and worked in Greece, France, Poland and Luxembourg.


The 2019 Ukrainian presidential elections were concluded on 21st of April. In the second round of the elections two candidates claimed people’s vote, the actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy and the former President and “chocolate king”[1], Petro Poroshenko. The Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, was considered an outsider, nonetheless, he received a 73,22% of the national vote[2] and his inauguration took place on May 20[3].

Volodymyr Zelenskiy used to be the star of the show “Servant of the People”[4], presenting the story of an ordinary guy, who was elected for the presidency and the title of the show was given to Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s real-life political party. It seems that here we have one of these extraordinary cases, when real life seems to copy a TV program.

His election has raised some questions such as how it will affect Ukrainian-Russian relations, how Russia views him, what are the reactions of the EU and what will happen to EU-Ukrainian relations.

 

 

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[1] https://www.forbes.com/profile/petro-poroshenko/#21bb3cf223be

[2] https://www.cvk.gov.ua/pls/vp2019/wp300pt001f01=720.html

[3] https://www.france24.com/en/20190520-ukraine-president-zelenskiy-early-elections-inaugural-speech

[4] https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/ServantOfThePeople

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