Ukraine — Zelensky Suffers Setbacks in Local Elections

  • Zelensky party did not perform well in the election.
  • The manufacturing in Ukraine decreased by 7% in the past 9 months.
  • Zelensky will only last one term as a president of Ukraine.

Local elections in Ukraine showed the dwindling support for the Servant of the People, the political party of President Volodymyr Zelensky. The campaign was flawed. Zelensky was hoping that the announcement of the Ukraine Coronavirus vaccine would aid the party.

Volodymyr Zelensky (born 25 January 1978) is a Ukrainian actor, screenwriter, comedian, director and politician serving as the 6th President of Ukraine, inaugurated 20 May 2019.

The vaccine unveiling took place a week before the scheduled election. Servant of the People party suffered a disastrous defeat in the local elections across the country. The opposition is pleased with their performance. Additionally, manufacturing in Ukraine dropped by 7% in the past nine months.

Furthermore, Zelensky campaigned as an actor, whilst the members of the Servant of the People party provided theatrical performances leading into the election. Zelensky made blanket statements from offering to host the Olympics in Ukraine to finding miracle cures.

Zelensky also wants to purchase F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin. Interestingly, the US would have to gift the jets, as Ukraine has no funds. It is doubtful that will happen any time soon.

Moreover, the US is busy with its own presidential election, looming next week. Ukraine is no longer getting a lot of Western attention. Everyone is focused on the Coronavirus pandemic, the Alexei Navalny poisoning, and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Therefore, the handouts are not available at the moment. Even though US President Donald Trump weakened the US on the international arena, the US is still the number one superpower.

The Servant of the People party is literally turning into an analog of the People’s Front of former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Their chances are dwindling, and it is likely Zelensky will be a one-term wonder as a president.

The question ponders, will Zelensky go to early parliamentary elections? The collapse of the “mono-majority” is a consequence of local elections. The next, no less important consequence is co-existence of regional elites with the central government in the format of positional confrontation.

Vitali Klitschko is a Ukrainian politician and former professional boxer. He currently serves as Mayor of Kiev and head of the Kiev City State Administration, having held both offices since June 2014.

However, the US’ policy of Ukraine remaining a “strategic partner” will stay the same, regardless of the outcome of the US presidential election.

Once again, Zelensky turned the local elections into a rubicon for his government. Therefore, the October 25 campaign is also a warm-up for the current President’s successors.

Nevertheless, it is plausible the next leader of Ukraine could be Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko. He is a boxer from Ukraine, and not very intelligent. He has been made fun of on almost every comedy show in Ukraine. His politics are non existent, and he will sell himself to any bidder.

Additionally, 78% of Ukrainian citizens support the right of Ukraine to use security guarantees defined by the Budapest Memorandum.

Overall, it is clear there are no strong leaders in Ukraine. The show will continue, and sadly the people will pay the price. It is one of the most failed nations from the former Soviet bloc.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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