3 June 2020 - 12 Sivan 5780 - י"ב סיון ה' אלפים תש"פ
Newly elected Ukrainian President has Jewish roots E-mail

Volodymyr Zelensky, a Jewish actor and comedian, was sworn in as the country’s sixth president on 20 May.

Zelensky announced at the inauguration that he would dissolve the parliament and call early elections, which had been scheduled for October. In turn, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, also a fellow Jew, announced that he would resign.

Zelensky took the oath of office reportedly on a copy of the country’s constitution, and a 16th-century manuscript of the New Testament.

“We must become Icelandic in football, Israelis in defending our native land, and Japanese in technology,” he said at the swearing-in, the BBC reported.

Zelensky, who on his primetime television show plays a teacher thrust into the presidency through an unlikely chain of events, was elected last month with 73% of the vote, defeating incumbent Petro Poroshenko, who had been in power since 2014.

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