May 16, 2019 / 8:37 AM / 3 months ago

Inauguration of new Ukraine president is set for May 20

FILE PHOTO: Ukraine president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiyis a political novice who will need to deal with Russia once he takes office. April 19, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/File Photo

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine’s incoming President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will be inaugurated on May 20, a parliamentary vote decided on Thursday.

Parliament is responsible for setting the inauguration date.

Zelenskiy has pushed lawmakers to allow him to be inaugurated in May, which might give him scope to dissolve parliament and call a snap election while his popularity is high.

Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; editing by John Stonestreet

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