Ukraine's President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy takes the oath of office during his inauguration ceremony in the parliament hall in Kiev, Ukraine May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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Television comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy took the oath of office as Ukraine's new president Monday, promising that as hard as he had worked in the past to make Ukrainians laugh, he would now work to keep them from crying.As his first act, he dismissed the Parliament still dominated by loyalists of his defeated predecessor, setting up an election in two months in which his new party has a chance to win its first seats.Zelenskiy replied: "They understand the Ukrainian language, yes.Parliament is still dominated by the bloc named for Zelenskiy's defeated opponent, confectionary tycoon Petro Poroshenko, and by a range of smaller parties mostly founded as the personal vehicles for other political insiders.Zelenskiy called on lawmakers to use the two months until the snap election to pass a law that would strip them of immunity from prosecution and another law that bans officials from illegally enriching themselves.Zelenskiy has rejected those accusations.
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