Zelensky’s rise to power will only change Ukraine’s elite, says MP

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KIEV, April 2. /TASS/. The potential rise to power of comedian and leader of the Servant of the People political party Vladimir Zelensky won’t bring any crucial changes in Ukraine, head of the Opposition Platform – for Life political party and member of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) Vadim Rabinovich said.

“In case Vladimir Zelensky comes to power, nothing but the elite will be changed,” Rabinovich told NewsOne TV channel. “The Ukrainian president’s powers are limited, that’s why the new head of state won’t change anything.”

According to the politician, the president doesn’t have much power in the country. “He can appoint the defense minister, the foreign minister and the prosecutor-general <...> All these are non-principal issues. He cannot create a coalition, he has nothing in the parliament. The new president won’t decide anything,” he said.

Comedian and leader of the Servant of the People political party Vladimir Zelensky will face incumbent President Pyotr Poroshenko in the runoff due on April 21. Zelensky won more than 30% of the vote, almost double the number of Poroshenko, who garnered nearly 16%.

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