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Ukraine: new battle between Zelensky and the mayor of Kyiv, who denounces his "authoritarianism"

2023-12-05T15:56:51.670Z

Highlights: Volodymyr Zelensky has postponed the holding of presidential elections in Ukraine. Martial law, which has been extended, prohibits a return to the polls as long as the country is at war. According to the mayor of Kyiv, mayors are the last obstacle to the president's "atavism" of centralization. A majority of Ukrainians - 81% according to the Kyiv Institute of Sociology - prefer to wait until the end of the war. However, 88% of respondents believe that Ukraine must "build a democratic system that meets European standards"


The mayor of Kyiv has sharply criticized the Ukrainian president's decision to postpone the elections. "At some point, we will no longer be different from Russia," he said.


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At some point, we will no longer be different from Russia, where everything depends on the whim of one man," Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, the capital, told Der Spiegel on December 1. When the journalist asked him if democracy was under threat in Ukraine, "he pursed his lips [...] and says yes," the German newspaper reported. Volodymyr Zelensky has postponed the holding of presidential elections in Ukraine. "Now is not the time," he said. Martial law, which has been extended, prohibits a return to the polls as long as the country is at war.

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There is currently only one independent institution left, but enormous pressure is being exerted on it: local self-government," the mayor of Kyiv said. According to him, mayors are the last obstacle to the president's "atavism" of centralization. The two men did not get along, and their public disagreements were very vocal. The presidential administration regrets the management of the town hall, especially with regard to air raid shelters and power cuts. "We don't just have enemies in Russia, we also have enemies inside. And there could be a knockout," Zelensky said, a clear reference to Vitali Klitschko's boxing career, after three civilians were killed in Kyiv in a nighttime attack. These young people had found the doors closed in front of the air-raid shelter. "In times of war, they sow chaos in the management of the capital," the mayor replied.

Few voices are calling for a new election in Ukraine. A majority of Ukrainians - 81% according to the Kyiv Institute of Sociology - prefer to wait until the end of the war. However, 88% of respondents believe that Ukraine must "build a democratic system that meets European standards". The organization of elections is said to have been hampered by the continuing fighting. Valery Zaluzhny, commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army, acknowledged that he was in a "dead end" following the summer counteroffensive, which did not bring the expected results. Soldiers continue to be mobilized and fight on the front lines in deadly fighting. Their vote could only have been counted with difficulty. In addition, 20% of Ukraine's territory is under Russian rule, and nearly 8 million civilians have had to flee the country. "How are they going to express their will?" asked Volodymyr Zelensky.

Source: lefigaro

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