A New Start For Ukraine

The good consequences of an ugly election campaign

25 April 2019

Spasimir Domaradzki

Visegrad Insight Fellow

The recent Ukrainian presidential elections were a spectacular political event. Several months before the elections they seemed to be another boring repetition of the endless confrontation between Poroshenko and the perpetual candidate Yulia Timoshenko or the emergence of some hidden underdog from the former Party of Regions.

Instead, the contest was won by a person with absolutely no political experience that skilfully repeated people’s complaints, and as it appeared, his lack of experience turned out to be his best asset. In the end, Zelensky literally shattered the incumbent president Poroshenko in the second round.

Whether steering from behind or focusing on his self-made image, Zelensky epitomizes the feelings of the vast majority of Ukrainians and this is what democracy is all about.

The debate circus and its promising consequences

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Spasimir Domaradzki

Visegrad Insight Fellow

Visegrad Insight Fellow. Researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies of the University of Warsaw and Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Lazarski University in Warsaw.

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