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12:00 AM, May 21, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, May 21, 2019

New Ukraine president calls snap polls

Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelensky used his inaugural speech yesterday to call snap parliamentary polls after shooting to power in a country wracked by a separatist conflict and severe economic problems. The 41-year-old comedian was sworn in as Ukraine’s youngest post-Soviet president a month after scoring a landslide victory over Petro Poroshenko with a campaign capitalising on widespread public discontent with the political establishment. Zelensky announced his first priority was ending the five-year conflict with Moscow-backed separatists.

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