A voter in the 2007 parliamentary elections in Ukraine. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Russianname (CC BY-SA 4.0)
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Ukraine is holding local elections on October 25, 2020. Voters will elect mayors and local councils throughout the country. Additionally, a nonbinding
nationwide poll would be conducted on election day, with five questions yet to be announced.
These elections are happening in the context of a hybrid war that Russia is waging on Ukraine – currently in its seventh year – and Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.
Since the 2013-2014 Euromaidan protests that ousted pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych from office, Ukraine has been implementing a series of reforms and making progress toward a stronger democracy. Nonetheless, many issues remain – notably endemic corruption.
In the upcoming local elections, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his party will seek to consolidate power further, after victories in recent presidential and legislative elections. Zelenskyy, a former actor and comedian, won the 2019 presidential election by a landslide, trouncing incumbent Petro Poroshenko and political veterans such as former prime ministerYulia Tymoshenko.
Zelenskyy had not had any previous experience in politics, but more than half the country had watched his satirical television show “Servant of the People.” Naturally, he named his party after his TV show. Servant of the People subsequently swept the parliamentary elections to win an unprecedented majority. More than half of its MPs are new to politics.
BNE Intellinews (October 15, 2020): Zelenskiy launches poll ahead of regional elections in controversial move that captures news agenda
Anna Peshkova, 112Ukraine: All-Ukrainian poll on local election day: What questions Zelensky should ask Ukrainians on October 25?
Bohdan Nahaylo, Atlantic Council (October 13, 2020): Ukraine’s pro-Russian forces plotting winter of discontent
Taras Kuzio, Atlantic Council (August 20, 2020): Vladimir Putin’s forever war against Ukraine continues
The Economist (August 24, 2018): Politics surpasses satire in Ukraine
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Updated October 16, 2020