The election of the President of Ukraine agrees with the Law, is democratic and has been conducted in compliance with international standards. This statement was made by Central Election Commission Head Tetyana Slipachuk at the yesterday briefing that was held at the CEC. She informed those present that no complaints or reports on any violations of voting that could affect the results of the election had been registered.
As of the first half of the day on April 22nd, the CEC received 97% of electronic protocols. In the second round of the election, presidential candidate, Volodymyr Zelensky, won 73,15% of the votes and the incumbent president, Petro Poroshenko, received 24,52%. Petro Poroshenko earned the majority of the votes only in the Lviv Region and at the polling stations beyond Ukraine. In all other regions of Ukraine and in the capital city of Kyiv, most of the voters gave their voices for Volodymyr Zelensky.
At the press conference yesterday evening Zelensky said that he already had received congratulations from the incumbent president. He also said that he is ready to ask Poroshenko for an advice if such need would arise. In answering questions of journalists the future leader of this country noted that the further dialog with Russia would concentrate on continuing the Minsk peace talks in the Normandy Format. “We will continue the Minsk peace process and we will reboot it. I think there will be personnel reshuffle. We will go to the end in order to achieve ceasefire. The main thing is our boys to return home alive”, he said.
The Zelensky team is intended to launch a large-scale information warfare to achieve peace in Donbas. Volodymyr Zelensky promised to present soon his first appointments. He informed that he had reached agreement with the active generals on changes in the General Headquarters staff. As the guarantor of the Constitution he promised to support the Ukrainian language.
Upon the publication of the official results of the national exit poll, American President Donald Trump congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky and confirmed the support of the United States of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Besides, the American President expressed his readiness to cooperate with the newly-elected president and the Ukrainian people to help them “promote reforms that are important for strengthening democracy, increasing the wellbeing of people and uprooting corruption in the country”. Donald Trump called the Ukrainian presidential election a historic event in the life of the country and noted that the election had been held peacefully and democratically. Volodymyr Zelensky wrote in his site on Facebook that he had held a telephone conversation with President of France Emmanuel Macron.
During a telephone conversation Polish President Andrzej Duda congratulated the Ukrainian President-elect on having been elected to the highest position of the country. Duda assured his Ukrainian counterpart that “Poland is ready to give Ukraine any assistance in the sphere of security and State reforms”. The Polish President was of the opinion that the new approach to “interpreting the recent common history of our peoples” will certainly promote further “friendly relations and mutual accord” between two nations as well as “the deep belief” that the presidential term of Volodymyr Zelensky “will bring about a radical improvement in this cause”.
“Both stability in Ukraine and the peaceful settlement of the conflict are as important to me as the key reforms in the judicial system, decentralization and corruption fight”, wrote Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel in her letter of congratulations. “The Government of Germany will continue supporting Ukraine actively particularly its right to sovereignty and territorial integrity”, noted the Chancellor.
“As the President of Ukraine you will count on a strong support of your country’s reforms by the European Union”, – write European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker and Donald Dusk in the joint congratulatory letter published in Twitter. Junker welcomes Ukraine’s devotion to democracy and the rule of law that Ukrainian people have demonstrated during the entire elections.
“Congratulations to Volodymyr Zelensky… Ukraine is a rightful partner of NATO and we are looking forward to our cooperation to be continued” – said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt have congratulated the Ukrainian President-elect.
President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko also has congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky. For his part, Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev said, “I have no doubt that the new leader of the State will keep to the rhetoric about Russia that he has used during his election campaign. I have no illusion about that. At the same time there is still a chance for improving our mutual cooperation”.
Meanwhile Volodymyr Zelensky’s Headquarters did not accept the congratulation of Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine. Dmytro Razumkov, headquarters’ spokesman said the following, “Throughout our entire campaign the team of Zelensky has received so-called ‘support’ of Russian propagandists and former Ukrainian bureaucrats. We will manage without their support and their congratulations”.