Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has introduced his administration – and a number of other positions have gone to his former TV colleagues.
His solely political expertise till now has been taking part in the position of president within the Servant of the Folks TV present.
The deputy head of the presidency, Serhiy Trofimov, was a producer in Mr Zelensky’s Kvartal 95 studio.
A scriptwriter, studio co-founder, and producer have been additionally awarded roles within the administration or as aides.
He has additionally given the job of deputy head of Ukraine’s SBU safety service to an previous good friend, Ivan Bakanov, who ran the TV studio and arrange his political celebration.
Not all positions have gone to former leisure professionals.
Andriy Bohdan, a lawyer who beforehand labored for considered one of Ukraine’s richest males, Ihor Kolomoisky, and who had a job in Mr Zelensky’s election marketing campaign was handed the important thing position as head of the administration.
In considered one of his first interviews after the appointment, Mr Bohdan mentioned the administration was contemplating placing any potential peace take care of Russia to a public referendum in addition to a vote in parliament.
Ukraine has been in battle with Russian-backed separatists for the previous 5 years, since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine and the rebels seized management of components of the east.
When he was sworn in on Monday, President Zelensky, 41, mentioned his first activity was securing a ceasefire within the east. “We did not begin this battle however it’s as much as us to finish it,” he mentioned.
In a phone-call late on Tuesday, President Emmanuel Macron of France and Germany’s Angela Merkel urged Russia’s Vladimir Putin to make “the mandatory gestures to create circumstances beneficial to dialogue,” the Elysée palace mentioned.
An skilled politician, deputy overseas minister Olena Zerkal, was additionally appointed to the brand new presidential staff however reportedly turned down the position. An official presidential decree on Wednesday annulled her appointment.
Among the many different political appointees have been:
- Serhiy Shefirm, who was a co-founder of the Kvartal 95 manufacturing firm, as first aide to the president
- Yuriy Kostiuk, a scriptwriter for Kvartal 95, as a deputy of the administration
- Kyrylo Tymoshenko, founding father of communications agency Goodmedia, which produces political adverts amongst different work
- Andriy Yermak, a lawyer and producer
Ruslan Ryaboshapka, a former member of the Nationwide Company for the Prevention of Corruption, was appointed to a different deputy position. Ruslan Stefanchuk, a lawyer, was made the president’s adviser and his envoy to parliament,
Different roles went to members of Mr Zelensky’s marketing campaign staff. Mr Zelensky additionally changed the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
During his inauguration speech, Mr Zelensky announced early elections – shocking many and elevating questions over his authority to take action.
That transfer was formalised by decree on Tuesday, setting the election date for 21 July.