Ukraine's President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy takes the oath of office in Kiev on Monday. Valentyn Ogirenko/ Reuters
Volodymyr Zelensky, a 41-year-old comedian with no political experience, took office as Ukraine’s president on Monday after winning a landslide election victory.
“I pledge to protect the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine,” the newly inaugurated president said during the ceremony in parliament in Kiev.
Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky steps into his new role as Ukrainian president with his inauguration on Monday, launching a new era for the country wracked by war and economic difficulties.
The comedian-turned-president’s Servant of the People party had around 42 per cent of the vote, well ahead of its nearest rival on just over 12 per cent, with 44 per cent of votes counted,
Ukraine passed similar legislation in 2015, clearing the way for bailout loans from the IMF, but the constitutional court overturned that bill in February on the grounds that it
No progress appears to have been made towards finalising the cabinet, which protesters demand be comprised of independent experts and exclude all established political parties.
Buckingham Palace has said under the new arrangement the couple are “required to step back from royal duties, including official military appointments” and will no longer receive public funds for royal duties.
High winds and choppy seas in the area where the spacecraft was expected to splashdown on Saturday delayed the dramatic inflight test of the unmanned astronaut capsule to Sunday, with a longer six-hour launch window starting at 8am (EST).
US President Donald Trump marked the 60th anniversary of the signing of the current US-Japan security treaty with a call for a stronger and deeper alliance between the two countries, despite criticising the pact six months ago.