US News Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelensky struggling ahead of local elections

18:00  24 october  2020
18:00  24 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Volodymyr Zelensky est en mauvaise posture. © EPA / MAXPPP Volodymyr Zelensky is in bad shape.

The promises of the president elected in 2019 are no longer convincing. He tries a direct consultation during the municipal elections.

Impromptu speech in Parliament, river interview with four television channels and unexpected initiative of direct democracy… President Volodymyr Zelensky leads a charm offensive among Ukrainians , ahead of complicated local elections on Sunday 25 October.

One year after his triumphant arrival in power , his government is losing momentum and his party is in full decomposition. It should not win any of the main cities in the country.

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Sling of exalted oppositions

So in an attempt to influence the ballot, Volodymyr Zelensky created a surprise by addressing in a video, in his former comedian manner, a list of five questions to the Ukrainians. Voters will thus find forms in the polling stations on which they can vote, for example, on the establishment of a special economic zone in the war-torn East or on the legalization of cannabis for medical use. This is how direct democracy works, asserts his team.

And yet, the initiative is debated: it constitutes neither a referendum nor a sociological poll. Its results will have no legal value. For Olha Aivazovska, from the election observation NGO Opora, it is even dangerous: It is forbidden to conduct polls in polling stations ", , she explains. She fears a maneuver to mobilize the President's electorate. In fact, Volodymyr Zelensky faces a rebellion of heated opposition and the dismay of his supporters, disillusioned by his muddled policies. Some are already announcing early parliamentary elections and the end of the new era promised by the former comedian.

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