Serving the People: Will Ukraine’s Political Culture Change? HURI Experts Weigh In
Just after his election in April, President Volodymyr Zelensky called for snap parliamentary elections, which were previously set to take place in October 2019. Instead, voters brought his party, Servant of the People (Sluha Narodu), into parliament with unprecedented numbers. What will Zelensky do with this consolidated power?
Given the new parliament’s lack of experience and many Ukrainians’ negative perception of political culture, Zelensky and his party have a long road ahead. I asked HURI fellows and affiliates for their thoughts and questions about what might happen next. What does the makeup of the new government mean for Ukraine? What should we make of Zelensky’s relationship with oligarchs? After creating a social media-savvy and youthful image, how is Zelensky treating the press? Will he be able to come through on people’s demands for cheaper gas and other utilities?