New Ukraine President Zelenskiy dissolves parliament

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Inside, he delivered a punchy and at times confrontational speech in which he said his priority would be ending the war, which has claimed at least 13,000 lives since Russian Federation sent troops across the border to support a separatist uprising in 2014.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman on Monday said he was resigning after comedian Volodymyr Zelensky was inaugurated as president.

"I'm ready to do everything so that our heroes don't die there", he said.

Zelenskiy said that as president and "guarantor of the constitution", he "must safeguard the rights of Ukraine's citizens", and added that the "judicial reason" for the dissolution of parliament is that "there has been no coalition since 2016".

Volodymyr Zelensky takes a selfie with his supporters as he walks to take the oath of office ahead of his inauguration ceremony in the parliament hall, in Kiev, Ukraine, May 20, 2019. Even setting a date for his inauguration took weeks of negotiations with lawmakers.

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Also under question is whether Zelensky will be able to govern without a parliamentary majority. He also asked them to support his motions to fire Ukraine's defense minister, the head of the Ukrainian security service and the prosecutor general.

Dressed in a dark suit and tie, the president took a non-traditional route to his inauguration - walking on foot from his home nearby, after saying he wanted a less pompous ceremony. Beaming, he stopped and high-fived supporters, even at one point jumping up to kiss a man on the top of his head.

A professional comedian was yesterday sworn in as president of Ukraine but if he isn't careful it may be Vladimir Putin who gets the last laugh. "In the next five years I will do everything so that Ukrainians don't cry".

The parliament's speaker Andriy Parubiy closed the inauguration ceremony with words: 'Thanks everyone, this has been fun'. The election of Volodymyr Zelensky could be seen as a desperate attempt to lighten the political mood in a country that has lost 13,000 lives in a five-year struggle with Russian-backed forces in the east. The country elects its president and Parliament separately.

Poroshenko led Ukraine for five years, overseeing the fallout over Russia's annexation of Crimea and the armed conflict in the country's east.

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Although he pushed through some reforms, he was criticised for failing to improve living standards or root out corruption.

The leader of one of the self-proclaimed separatist republics in Ukraine's industrial Donbass region, Denis Pushilin, on Friday told Russia's RIA Novosti news agency that he was "ready for dialogue" with the new authorities in Kiev, "naturally taking into account the interests of Donbass".

"The president has chosen a different path".

Ukraine's allies have given Zelensky a warm welcome, but the new president will immediately have to deal with a number of sensitive worldwide issues.

Meanwhile, he has learned his first lesson as president-elect in grownup politics: his inauguration was scheduled for Monday at 10 AM local time, in parliament, but the celebration comes against a background of new parliamentary instability, after Ukraine's coalition government collapsed on May 17, when the People's Front party, the second largest in parliament, withdrew from the coalition.

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